Middle East Environmental Futures Research Initiative Website.
The Middle East Environmental Futures Project is an interdisciplinary
research program which has emerged out of a workshop entitled
“Population, Consumption and Environment in Israel and Palestine” at
Brown University in July 2002. The program’s central objective
is to strengthen environmental policy decision making in Israel and
Palestine by integrating environmental data analysis with an
assessment of the desires of various population groups in the region
vis-à-vis their natural environment. It seeks to define what people
The INCO-DC projects at the EC CORDIS
is searchable and contains
all INCO 2 research projects. It contains a number of projects on
water in the Eastern Mediterranean and in the Middle East.
is an EC project that brings all INCO projects in the water area for
the South Mediterranean Countries together. The MedAqua project has
organized a conference on 11-12 Jun 2001 in Amman (Proceedings
available). The MedAqua2 project is organizing a conference on
the 14-15 Jun 2004 in Amman. This 2-day event will focus on the water
problems in the South Mediterranean Region that are still growing
The Jordan Valley Water project
website contains an edited
selection of water-related INCO-DC projects in the Middle
East of the 4th Framework Programme.
Green Cross Middle East Water Project ("The
goal is to promote informed decision making and the integrated
management of Middle East water to get river basins on a better
socio-economic development path to a sustainable future").
The project had a major conference in Sep 1999 in Amman.
The Amman Group agreed that
"....to solve the growing water shortage will require a package of
technical, institutional, financial and social changes reflecting a
vision of ensuring reliable water supplies and water equity within the
region. The package will also vary according to the specific social
and environmental needs of each area and people. Scenario building
will be instrumental in the development of these integrated
National Academy of Science project has a project "Enhancing
Water Supplies for the Middle East" (Project ID Number:
WSTB-U-95-05-A). It is a study by international experts focusing on
methods for avoiding over exploitation of water resources, and
exploring relationships between water supply enhancement and
preservation of environmental quality, especially water quality. "The
study will consider the scientific and technological bases of ... use
of treated municipal wastewater for irrigation and other purposes,
desalination, water harvesting, restoration of degraded water bodies,
ground water contamination cleanup, and ... improved conservation
technologies to enhance water quality and prevent resource degradation".
The project web pages contain a list of the project committee members.
Water Data Banks Project consists of a series of specific actions
to be taken by IL, JO, and PS that are designed to foster the adoption
of common, standardized data collection and storage techniques, to
improve the quality of the water-resources data collected in the
region, and to improve communication among the scientific community in
the region. The project is managed by an Executive Action Team (EXACT)
comprised of water experts from IL, JO, and PS water-management
agencies. The project has published a report "Overview
of Middle East Water Resources - Water Resources of Palestinian,
Jordanian, and Israeli Interest" by (Hazim El-Naser, Mustafa F.
Nuseibeh, Karen K. Assaf, Shmuel Kessler, Meir Ben-Zvi, 1998)
The Palestinian Ministry
of Planning and International Co-operation (MoPIC) has on it's
website several publications.
The Executive Action Team
(EXACT) of the Multilateral Working Group on Water Resources
maintained a directory of water related projects implemented in
Palestine, Israel and Jordan. The information contained in
was current as of 1998, but is not being updated.
GLOWA Jordan River Website contains information on the GLOWA
Jordan River 1 and 2 projects. The project addresses the
vulnerability of water resources in the Jordan River Basin under
global change, as a case study of eastern Mediterranean environments.
The website contains links to several publications issuing from the
The Friends of the
Middle East has a project that attempts to preserve the Dead Sea
and it basin.
The WHO regional centre for environmental
health and pollution control maintains
a web site
with information on projects related to large and small
scale wastewater treatment and reuse.
with information on wastewater reuse pilot projects.
Policansky, David; David,Sheila; Ehlers,
Laura: Water for the Future: The West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israel, and
Jordan. Published by the
National Academy Press, Feb 1999.
Hiniker, Mike: Sustainable Solutions to Water Conflicts in the Jordan
Valley (by Green Cross International, Jan 1999)
Plettner-Marliani, Johannes (ed): Waste water
recycling supplied by renewable energies in the Near East.
(Available through FTP: This is a zip file containing a postscript
file) Final report of EC INCO-DC project IC18.CT96.0099, Manuscript
Charrier, Bertrand; Dinar, Shlomi and Hiniker, Mike: Conflict
Resolution and Transboundary Water Resources. Arid Lands
Newsletter No. 44 (Fall/Winter 1998), ISSN: 1092-548, published by the
Arid Lands Information Center (ALIC) at
The Office of Arid Lands Studies of the College of Agriculture at
The University of
Karen Hudes: Shared Water Resources in the Jordan River Basin.
Across Borders Gonzaga Univ. Int'l Law Journal 6, (1998)
Charrier, Bertrand; Dinar, Shlomi,
Curtin, and Fiona: Water, Conflict Resolution and Environmental
Sustainability in the Middle East (by Green Cross International, 1998).
Dolatyar, Mostafa: Water diplomacy in the Middle East. Published
in The Middle Eastern Environment; St Malo Press.
Karen A. Baim: Come Hell or High Water: A Water
Regime for the Jordan River Basin.
Washington Univ Law Quarterly 72(2) 1997.
Libiszewski, Stephan: Water Disputes in the Jordan River Basin and
their Role in the Resolution of the Arab-Israeli Conflict,
Published by ENCOP, Zurich/Berne 1995 .
Murakami, Masahiro: Managing Water for Peace in the Middle East:
Alternative Strategies, published by United Nations University
Press, Tokyo 1995.
Nathan Buras: Building New Water Resources Projects or Managing
Existing Systems?, (PDF file), University of Arizona, Tucson,
Mike Hiniker: Sustainable Solutions to Water Conflicts in the Jordan
Valley. (Word Document), Green House International.
Tony Allan: ‘Virtual water’: a long term solution for water short
Middle Eastern economies? (PDF File) Water Issues Group, School of
Oriental & African Studies, University of London.
Saad A. Alghariani: Water transfer versus desalination in North
Africa: sustainability and cost comparison. Alfateh University,
Sullivan C.A. et al (2003): The water poverty index, Development and
application at the community scale. Natural Resources Forum 27,
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