June 27, 2010 – EcoPeace to present the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project at the EU Parliament

EcoPeace Middle East to present the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project at the EU Parliament in Brussels July 29, 2010

June 27, 2010
Tel Aviv, Amman, Bethlehem

In partnership with leading “Champions of the Jordan River” a delegation of EcoPeace Middle East representatives from Jordan, Israel and Palestine has been invited to address the European Union Parliament in Brussels, Belgium to raise awareness about the importance of a regional effort to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River.

Organized in partnership with the S&D Group, EcoPeace will present the results of its recently released “Environmental Flows Report on the Rehabilitation of the Lower Jordan River” and “Economic Analysis of Policy Options for Water Conservation in Jordan, Israel and Palestine”. Together these two reports identify a regional rehabilitation strategy as well as opportunities to save or produce large quantities of fresh water to enable rehabilitation to take place.

An Oral Question entitled “The situation of the Jordan River with special regard to the Lower Jordan River area” was tabled at the EU Parliament in May 2010. EcoPeace’s presentation will serve to highlight the importance of this issue as both a critical environmental issue and opportunity for regional trust building.

“We hope this presentation will generate interest and support for the development and implementation of a regional rehabilitation strategy for the Lower Jordan River”, said Elizabeth Ya’ari, EcoPeace’s Jordan River Rehabilitation Project Coordinator in Tel Aviv.
“With the River in its present critical state, EU support could very well help encourage our governments to take action to save the Lower Jordan River”.

The public is invited to attend the presentation in the EU Parliament on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 14:00. For more information or to register to attend please contact Diana Fleseriu at Diana.fleseriu@europarl.europa.eu.

For further information please contact Elizabeth Ya’ari, Israeli Coordinator for the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project, EcoPeace at 972 54-6633488, 972 3 560 5383 or elizabeth@ecopeaceme.org.