Sustainable Development: Promoting Peace Across Borders
The Work of EcoPeace / Friends of the Earth Middle EastNotions of collaboration and cooperation are at the heart of the Water After Borders (WAB) summit. Indeed, regardless of complicating factors such as political boundaries, ideological differences, and conflicting commercial and public interests, every individual in every society still needs access to fresh water. And, in response to the widespread environmental changes that currently characterize our historical moment, the need for effective, localized water management is rapidly becoming a pressing issue of global significance. To address these circumstances most successfully, we believe it will become essential for societies to re-evaluate a variety of borders -- both physical and imaginary -- that can act as impediments to their resource management operations.
To this point, we would like to draw attention to the work of three Water After Borders participants who are using collaborative water and resource management practices to dissolve borders in the Middle East.
Gidon Bromberg, Nader Al-Khateeb, and Munqueth Mehyar will be speaking at the Water After Borders summit regarding their experiences as the Israeali, Palestinian, and Jordanian directors of EcoPeace Middle East / Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME). EcoPeace / FoEME is a unique organization that draws together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists in an effort to collaboratively promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. In their own words, their main objective is "the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region."
Notably, EcoPeace/FoEME has recently been discussed by Thomas Friedman in an op-ed column of the New York Times. Please check out the op-ed article, and be sure to browse a summary of EcoPeace/FoEME's water-related projects by visiting their website.
IN THE NEWSAs a testament to the importance of their work, EcoPeace / FoEME was recently highlighted in the New York Times, in an op-ed piece by the renowned journalist and author, Thomas Friedman.
The article emphasizes the importance of collaborative resource management as one of the last remaining means by which to cultivate peace in the Middle East.