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Jeroen Kool, Saeb Bamya, Samer Talozi, EcoPeace, Tel Aviv, Israel - Bethlehem, Palestine – Amman, Jordan: Sustainable Development in the Jordan River Valley: Final Report of the Regional NGO Master Plan. Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace, vol. 13 (Berlin – Heidelberg – New York: Springer, 2016).

ISBN: 978-3-319-30035-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-30036-8 (Online)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-642-

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The Regional NGO Master Plan for the Sustainable Development of the Jordan Valley provides a comprehensive program to rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River and its tributaries in Jordan, Israel and Palestine. It is a regional and civil society effort designed to promote the restoration of the valley’s environmental and ecological values within a realistic financial and economic framework. The plan identifies 127 specific regional and national "interventions"(projects) until the year 2050, based on seven strategic planning objectives: pollution control, sustainable water management and river rehabilitation, sustainable agriculture, Jordan River basin governance, ecological rehabilitation, sustainable tourism and cultural heritage development, and urban and infrastructure development. The total investment value is 4.58 billion USD; the plan ranks the interventions and identifies their feasibility in a short, medium and long term investment cycles considering the political environment.


1 Introduction
1.1 This Regional Master Plan
1.2 The Consultants
1.3 The Project Team

2 The Jordan Valley
2.1 Introduction
2.2 The Jordan Valley
2.3 It’s People
2.4 It’s Governance

3 Projections And Objectives
3.1 Projections for 2025 and 2050
3.2 Strategic Planning Objectives

4 Meeting The Strategic Planning Objectives
4.1 The Interventions
4.2 Priority Setting
4.3 Disbursement and Finance
4.4 Institutional and Governance Aspects

5 The Year 2050
5.1 The Economy of the Jordan Valley in 2050
5.2 Land Use in 2050
5.3 Water Related Impacts in 2050
5.4 Jordan River in 2050
5.5 Environmental Flows by 2050
5.6 Sensitivity Analysis

6 Final Conclusions And Recommendations

7 Colophon

1 Pollution Control and Sanitation Interventions
2 Sustainable Water Management and River Rehabilitation
3 Sustainable Agriculture
4 Lower Jordan Basin Governance
5 Ecological Rehabilitation
6 Sustainable Tourism and Cultural Heritage Development
7 Sustainable Urban, Energy and Infrastructure Development
8 List of Literature
9 Weap Model Scheme


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EcoPeace Middle East – Jordan, Palestine, Israel

Jeroen Kool – The Netherlands - Royal Haskoning DHV


EcoPeace Middle East

EcoPeace Middle East

Tel Aviv, Israel - Bethlehem, Palestine – Amman, Jordan

EcoPeace Middle East (formerly Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME)

EcoPeace Middle East is a unique organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists. Our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. EcoPeace has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.

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