Yana Abu Taleb
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The Jordan River that flows through Israel, Syria, Jordan, and the State of Palestine, is of cultural, religious, and geographic significance to billions of people worldwide, from diverse religions and countries. The Jordan River Valley, a historically lush, wetland ecosystem, is now under threat: the diversion of 96 percent of its fresh water for domestic and agricultural use in Syria, Israel, and Jordan, in addition to the discharge of large quantities of untreated sewage, threatens to irreversibly damage the watershed. In the last 50 years, the river’s annual flow has dropped from more than 1.3 billion cubic meters per year to less than 30 million cubic meters, and ironically, it is the sewage that is keeping the river alive today. Most people do not know that the river is drying up—as much of it is a closed military zone and off limits to the public. In this politically volatile region, EcoPeace Middle East, a globally respected and acclaimed NGO, has founded three Jordan River Waterkeeper Organizations, in Jordan, Palestine, and Israel, to work strategically together to protect this iconic waterway, while building peace and security for the people that depend on it.
Yana Abu Taleb, the Jordan River Waterkeeper, Jordan, is also the Jordanian Director of EcoPeace Middle East. She received a bachelor’s degree in archeology from the University of Jordan in 1996. As regional projects manager at EcoPeace Middle East, she leads EcoPeace’s projects and advocacy. Her responsibilities include supervising project development, planning and management, serving as a liaison to and lobbying of governmental and private sector figures and organizations on major regional policy issues relevant to environmental protection and national and regional water issues. She has organized many regional conferences, workshops and study tours, co-authored reports and policy papers, and speaks regularly at local and international conferences.