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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.
Nada Majdalani, the Jordan River Waterkeeper, Palestine, is also the Palestinian Director of EcoPeace Middle East. Nada holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Assessment and Management from Oxford Brookes University in the UK. She has led technical positions with several international agencies in the areas of infrastructure development, mainly water and sanitation, sustainable and clear production, as well as various tasks on institutional capacity building and policy advisory support. As a strong believer in the impact of proactive dialogue, she has been part of several affiliations of Palestinian-Israeli groups including the OneVoice Movement and the Palestinian-Israeli Young Entrepreneurs Forum.
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