Gidon received a masters’ in international environmental law at American University in 1993, focusing on the environmental implications of peace. He feared unsustainable regional development plans were being vetted as part of the then-nascent Oslo peace efforts. Gidon brought together Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmentalists to create EcoPeace (also known as Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)). Munqeth co-founded the organization and now serves as chair and Jordanian director. Nader joined as Palestinian director in 2001 at a critical time for keeping the tripartite nature of the organization alive.
IMPACT AS OF JAN. 2013:
- FoEME is a key voice in the ongoing debate about whether it is possible to use the Red Sea to replenish the shrinking Dead Sea. The World Bank just completed a 10-year study on the matter. “During that period, international attention should have been devoted to the ‘root cause of the problem and the real reason for the shrinking of the sea – the diversion of the Jordan River flow and the unlimited use of Dead Sea waters by the mineral industries,’ FoEME said in 2013.
- FoEME has involved over 10,000 Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli neighboring residents in neighbor’s path tours to learn about their crossborder water issues, highlighting the interdependent nature of the water resource and the need for cooperation to advance sustainable solutions.
- FoEME has leveraged an investment of over $70 million from local governments and donor states in water and sanitation infrastructure solutions in the expanded 25 Good Water Neighboring communities, rewarding them for identifying common visions and solutions.
- The FoEME methodology of linking topdown and bottomup advocacy for concrete problem solving has been recognized and adopted for replication in conflict areas by key donor institutions such as USAID and the European Commission and policy institutions, such as the United Nations Environment Program.
- FoEME has 11 active projects. See them all here: http://foeme.org/www/?module=projects-new
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