Israeli – Palestinian - Jordanian Conference

Creating a sustainable Future
Developing effective environmental cooperation between
Israel, Jordan and Palestine

Bringing Environmentalists into the Peace Movement 

Jordan 2010

Only if there is effective cooperation between Israel, Jordan and Palestine, can the environmental problems of the region be dealt with and the people of the region given a sustainable future. While cooperation at a government to government level is evidently crucial, equally important are contacts between civil society, universities, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and those involved in private business.

This conference will give the opportunity for the participants to contribute to the development of long term cooperative projects and to share information vital to all parties. Currently cooperation is limited - there are few long term research projects involving professionals from the three countries and, generally speaking, contacts between those concerned with environment and water problems are weak. This state of affairs must change.  

What are the aims of the Conference?

The Conference will have five main aims:

a.    To give participants the opportunity to look at past cooperative ventures and learn from their successes and failures

b.    To hear from government representatives what is the extent of current cooperation at an official level and how best universities, research institutes, NGOs and business interests can combine to augment these government to government contacts.

c.    To allow participants to consider what are the most significant areas of concern where cooperation at all levels is most needed.

d.    To create a community of those active in the field and develop new joint projects.

e.    To get the growing “green” awareness elements in civil society to join the “peace camp”


Who will be invited to the Conference?

·    The Conference will be addressed by speakers from Government in the three countries and by representatives of major donors. These invited speakers will give an account of what cooperation is currently going forward and what they think could be the contribution of the non-governmental sector.

·    The remaining participants in the Conference will be of three kinds – those invited to take part because of their previous involvement in cooperation, those who are leaders of environmental movements, organizations, civil society and grassroots environment campaigns but are not part of the peace process,  and those who respond to a call for papers which is linked to the Conference.

The ultimate aim of the conference organizers is to bring together about 150 individuals representing all the major stakeholders involved in fashioning the environmental future of the region for detailed discussion of what action is needed if the long term sustainability of the region is to be secured.


How will the Conference be organized?

The first morning of the Conference will be devoted to contributions by official representatives of Government and major donors who will review the present state of cooperation and indicate what they think might be the contribution of non-governmental organizations and interests.

The afternoon of the first day will be devoted to papers on the extent to which past cooperation can be said to have succeeded and where results were less than satisfactory.

IPCRI will contribute to this session based on a survey made earlier of cooperative projects in the water sector. There will an opportunity for detailed discussion in small groups of the factors which lead to success or to failure of joint projects.

In the second – the fourth day the participants will divide into groups in order to consider where the need for cooperation is most evident and what can be done to stimulate it. Among the topics will be:

·         Water supply, distribution and quality

·          Solid waste management (in particular the problem posed by the disposal of hazardous waste)

·         Private sector’s role in preserving a sustainable environment

·         Energy issues

·         Air pollution

·         Developments in recycling

·         Preservation of open space

·         Long term future of biodiversity

·         Confronting desertification

·         The future of the Dead Sea and the proposed Red Sea/Dead Sea Conduit

·         Coastal management

·         Promoting public awareness

·         The specific environmental problems of Gaza

·         Environment and Peace –building support for regional peace and cooperations

Papers on the value of cooperation in these specific areas and the form it could take will be requested in the call for papers for the conference

The final morning of the Conference will be devoted to considering what mechanisms can be developed to see that cooperation is effective, what resources are available to promote it and what the potential effect of cooperative action can be on the long term future of the region.

The Location of the Conference

The Conference will be held in Aqaba Jordan.

The Length and Date of the Conference

The conference will last four days


What are the anticipated results of the Conference?

It is expected that as a result of the conference that the growing environmental movements will reach out across borders and pursue cooperation and peace.  The presentations made at the Conference and discussions among those present will provide a new impetus to cooperative efforts. All proposals put forward at the Conference, whether for joint research or participatory action, will be careful recorded. A conference committee will be created for which IPCRI will provide a secretariat in an effort to see that good ideas and proposals for projects are not lost sight of, following up them up. It is intended that the Conference will have a variety of practical results while at the same time promoting closer professional and personal ties between the participants. The principal presentations made at the conference and a summary of the discussions will be published and widely distributed by IPCRI.


The role of Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI)

IPCRI has been working to promote cooperation and understanding in a variety of fields since 1989. Its environment and water program has been in existence for over fifteen years. During that time IPCRI has sought through joint research projects involving scientists and professionals from all three countries, though conferences and seminars, and through publications, to bring those concerned with the environment together in a creative context.

This work, and comparable efforts by NGOs such as Friends of the Earth and the Arava Institute, has had an impact but it has become clear that since 2000 when the Second Intifada broke out cooperation at all levels has much diminished. This is true both at governmental level and with regard to contacts between civil society organizations in the three countries.

Through its active involvement with environmental organizations, academia, and government, IPCRI has become aware that the need to promote more joint activity is generally recognized. IPCRI wishes to take the lead in stimulating a more positive effort to promote greater and more effective cooperation.


Finance and logistics

In addition to seeking support from the international community, the sponsors will look for commercial sponsorships from companies engaged in environmental technology.  Commercial sponsors will have their logos on conference materials displayed and will be invited to provide materials about their products to conference participants.


IPCRI is searching for funds to cover 150 participants from Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. Participants from outside of the region  will be requested to pay their own expenses.   The total budget for the conference is € 122,350.

Environment conference budget








Conference room and board, meeting rooms, coffee breaks, transfers, files, etc.






Participants costs

hotel & conference

per person

€ 350


€ 52,500

International guest

including airfare - average cost

per person

€ 1,000


€ 10,000














graphic designer


€ 4,000


€ 4,000

banners and posters



€ 3,000


€ 3,000

conference bags and pens, papers, supplies



€ 15


€ 5,250






€ 4,000

renting equipment - projectors,computers





€ 2,500













conference organizer





€ 10,000

administrative assistant


per month

€ 1,000


€ 6,000

technical staff at conference

2  people

per person

€ 1,000


€ 5,000

staff at conference


per person

€ 500


€ 5,000













IPCRI Directors support

Gershon Baskin, Hanna Siniora

per person

€ 5,000


€ 10,000

Rent support


per month

€ 500


€ 3,000



per month

€ 250


€ 1,500



per month

€ 50


€ 300

Annual and project audit


per month

€ 50


€ 300






€ 122,350


Recruitment for the conference will take place from these and other places:

  1. The Israeli-Palestinian Peace NGO Forum –
  2. ALLMEP – the Alliance for Middle East Peace –
  3. Life & Environment – Umbrella organization of Israeli environmental NGOs -


Dr. Gershon Baskin, Co-CEO
[email protected]