The Arava Institute has had an exciting spring and we wanted to share some of our recent accomplishments with you, our supporters. In the face of conflict, environmental challenges can either perpetuate the cycle of violence or provide a catalyst for dialogue, cooperation, and trust. The Arava Institute exists to ensure the latter; and your friendship helps continue our mission to build a more sustainable and peaceful Middle East.
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Arava Institute Project Awarded $100K Genesis Generation Challenge Prize
Build Israel Palestine, a new organization in partnership with the Arava Institute’s Center for Trans-boundary Water Management (CTWM), was recently selected as a Genesis Generation Challenge Prize winner and recipient of a $100,000 grant for their work on trans-boundary water projects in Israel and Palestine with CTWM Director, Dr. Clive Lipchin.
Build Israel Palestine (BIP) seeks to offer tangible benefits for Palestinians and Israelis to live and work together in a more peaceful and sustainable environment.
Dr. Lipchin states that,” as Director of CTWM it is an honor to be working with Build Israel Palestine as we move forward in expanding our work to improve the environment and quality of life for more and more people who lack adequate sewage and wastewater infrastructure in Israel and Palestine.”
Arava Institute Alum is First Jordanian to be Awarded PhD in Israel
Arava Institute alumnus, Dr. Amer Sweity, recently completed his PhD at Ben Gurion University and became the first Jordanian to receive a doctoral degree in Israel. Amer studied at the Arava Institute in 2006 as part of the Institute’s Masters program with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and continued at the University. Dr. Sweity’s research focuses on wastewater treatment and optimizing desalination processes; he is specifically interested in studying the effects of treated water that is reintroduced to the sea.
To learn more about Amer’s journey to the Arava Institute, his research, and his plans for the future, read the complete article on the Times of Israel website.
Drew University Honors the Arava Institute at Gala
On May 11, 2015, Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict hosted a gala honoring the Arava Institute as a leader in peace-building in the Middle East. Executive Director, David Lehrer, accepted the award saying, “The environment can be a platform for peace-building; we can’t learn how to live in peace with nature until we learn how to live in peace with our neighbors.”
CNN Hero Maggie Doyne was also awarded a Peacebuilder Award at the event for her work as founder and CEO of the BlinkNow Foundation.