Palestine Environment Minister visits ICARDA West Asia Regional Program

July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

His Excellency Dr. Yousef Abu Safieh, Minister of Environment at the Palestinian National Authority, accompanied by Engineer Zaghloul Samhan, DG of Policies and Planning Directorate, visited ICARDA West Asia Regional Program in Amman, Jordan on 24th June 2012. He met with Dr. Kamel Shideed, ADG for International Cooperation and Communication and with Dr. Nasri Haddad, Regional Coordinator WARP.

The discussion focused on the collaboration between ICARDA and Palestine where Dr. Haddad gave a briefing on the ongoing projects implemented  with financial support from the Netherlands Government, USAID and The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).

One of the projects on the safe use of treated wastewater and grey water in agriculture, which is implemented in both the West Bank and Gaza, has an important environmental component  and the Ministry is keen to get involved in such activities. Discussion also covered new areas for potential future cooperation. The Ministry is interested in developing joint proposals with ICARDA to include:  biodiversity conservation, land and water conservation, and rangeland rehabilitation – in addition to the capacity building of the Ministry’s staff.

Dr. Shideed reiterated ICARDA’s commitment to continue and strengthen its cooperation with Palestine and  a genuine readiness to participate in joint initiatives with the Ministry of Environment.

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