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.
Gidon Bromberg, the Jordan River Waterkeeper, Israel, is also the Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East, a unique regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East. Gidon holds a Bachelor of Economics, a law degree from Monash University in Australia, and a master's degree in international environmental law from American University in Washington D.C. Gidon was also awarded a fellowship in global leadership at Yale University. He has published dozens of academic and popular publications concerning Middle East environmental policy and water security issues. Gidon speaks regularly on water, peace, and security issues in various forums; he has presented before the UN Commission for Sustainable Development, the United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the European Parliament, and the advisory meeting to the UN High Level Panel on Security. Gidon is a member of the prestigious EastWest Institute's International Task Force for Preventive Diplomacy, an advisory board member for the World Fellows Program, and the former chair of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, ALLMEP.
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