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Whose Garbage Is This Anyway?

Updated: 30 October 2014

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) works for improved water management across borders at local, municipal as well as national/international level. An article in the New York Times sheds light on their work and the underlying problem. FoEME is suppported by Sweden.

Colonial boundaries of the Middle East do not correspond to ethnic, sectarian and tribal boundaries, and neither do the ecosystem boundaries correspond with any borders or walls.

Thomas L. Friedman writes about waste, sewage and untreated water in Israel and the West Bank and about how political garbage and dirty water could be in an article in the New York Times, February 8, 2014.

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) and the Swedish support

Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is an organisation with three offices - in Amman, Bethlehem and Tel Aviv. In their project "Good Water Neighbors" Palestinians, Israelis and Jordanians work jointly, in the midst of political conflict, towards rehabiliation of the Jordan River and for improved water management across borders.

Neighbouring communities on different sides of the borders with similar challanges when it comes to pollution, dropping groundwater tables etc are joined through the project and work collaboratively to adress the challenges.

They have had Swedish support since 2009 with around 28 Million Swedish Kronor. FoEME works both at the local level (through education in partner schools where students learn about water and environmental challenges and are also meeting and working with their fellow students at the other side of the border), at municipal level with Mayors in neighbouring towns sharing joint environmental challenges as well as at the national/international level where FoEME convenes meetings and advocate for joint solutions in a region where, unfortunately, unilateralism is the norm.

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