“For more than a decade though, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) – the only joint Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli NGO – has been promoting cooperation and a regional vision for managing water resources.
The pioneering methodology of FoEME’s “Good Water Neighbors” project identifies cross-border communities and utilises their mutual dependence on shared water resources to develop dialogue and cooperation, both grass-roots and between local leaders, on sustainable water management.
Five sets of ‘partnering mayors’ have signed memoranda of understanding promoting their jointly identified solutions to specific water problems negatively affecting both communities. These include waste water treatment networks, peace parks, better agricultural practices, and wise water use.
Twenty-eight communities in the region are today involved in the project, and in the last three years more than $200 million has been leveraged for implementation of these water and sanitation projects.
Why are these neighboring communities choosing to cooperate on water, which is one of the most sensitive – and pressing – issues facing this region which is still immersed in conflict?”
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