Participation in Conferences
April 2005: The Palestinian project team was invited to
the International Conference on Promoting Community-driven Conservation
and Sustainable Use of Dry land Agro biodiversity in Syria
to present the results
obtained from the analysis of Land Cover and above ground biomass
changes. The presented paper demonstrated the use of
medium-high spatial resolution satellite data in monitoring biomass
changes in the Dead Sea Basin.
19-23 March 2005: Khaldoun Rishmawi was
invited to participate in the Global land Cover network initiative of
the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations
Environmental Programme (UNEP). Rishmawi presented a sample of the
Project Maps to the Participants.
5-8 December 2004: Clive Lipchin presented
a paper entitled "Public Perceptions and Attitudes Towards the Declining
Water Level of the Dead Sea Basin: A Multi-Cultural Analysis." The Paper
was presented at the Palestinian and Israeli Environmental Narratives
conference held at York University in Toronto.
10-14 Oct 2004: Clive Lipchin and Orthofer
Rudolf were invited to the Second Israeli-Palestinian International
Conference "Water for Life in the Middle East" organized by the
Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information (IPCRI). the
conference was held in Antalya, Turkey. Orthofer Rudolf presented
a paper that summarizes some findings of a
similar previous project on the Lower Jordan Valley. It shows
that contrary to public perception the area is a very water-rich
region with an availability of 1200 m3 drinking water per person
per year. However this water is very unevenly distributed with
respect to usage sectors, with respect to geographical areas,
and with respect to social groups.
16-20 Aug 2004: The Dead
Sea project team was asked to present the project to a workshop
of the World Water Weeks held in Sweden. Project Coordinator,
Orthofer Rudolf presented a Project Poster, One of the issues
addressed in the poster is the fact that bringing in more water
from the outside would possibly not be a long-term solution for
a sustainable future, because a higher water availability will
only stimulate a higher water demand.
14-15 Jun 2004: The project team
members were present at the MEDAQUA II - the INCO-MED Water Conference
held in Amman, Jordan. The project team presented four papers at
the conference. All papers are available for download from the Project Publications Website.
Contacts with the Dead Sea Residents
The project team is currently carrying interviews with farmers to
investigate the cropping patterns in the study area and the
sustainability of the agricultural sector. The results of the
interviews will be available in late May 2005.
The project team held 4
Focus group meetings in the Dead Sea region. These focus group
meetings targeted the farmers of the region, local and national NGOs,
Universities, Regional councils and representatives of the relevant
Governmental Organizations. Results from the Focus Group Meetings
were instrumental in the Development of the project
The project team carried out
a questionnaire survey. 1,540 Dead Sea residents' opinions and
perceptions as regards to the Declining Water level of the Dead Sea were
surveyed. The survey also collected essential socio-economic
information on basic demographic and socio-economic indicators. Some of the results of the survey are summarized in Lipchin et al, 2004.
Project Meetings and regional Meetings
Five formal project meetings
were held at approximately every six months time interval from the onset
of the project. Project meetings have been a very useful tool to
review the progress achieved in the project, to discuss and agree upon
future research activities.
Nine regional project
meetings were held. Seven of which were held in the Study area and
two were held outside the study area. Regional meetings are
essential for Work package coordinators to coordinate and guide the work
of the tasks of each work package. These are mostly technical
meetings that have contributed enormously towards the progress achieved