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Water for Peace
an article by Good News Agency
Year 9th, no. 7 - 16 May 2008

Access to water is one of the main reasons for the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. The mediation project “Water for Peace in the Middle East” is striving to conduct a study about the needs for and availability of water. To this end, the Peres Center for Peace, Green Cross France and Green Cross Switzerland held a conference in Geneva from 2 to 4 May 2008. Approximately 30 experts from Israel, Palestine, Europe and USA will conduct a joint analysis of water needs and water availability of today and tomorrow for decision makers on the basis of generally accepted guidelines.

Image from Green Cross website

The study will serve as an exemplary model at an international conference of UNESCO in Paris in November 2008 on the topic of preventing and solving water conflicts. The key for solving regional water conflicts lies in finding a solution for managing water in line with needs. Previous studies and deliberations focused on the existing inequitable water distribution on the basis of current consumption patterns and resource analyses. (...)

For the first time, Palestinian and Israeli experts are working together on a water requirements study, and policy decision-makers are awaiting the results with interest.

For further information, see the website of the Green Cross.


Question(s) related to this article:

What is the relation between the environment and peace?,

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[quote=mmartin,Nov. 16 2004,22:16][/quote]
Preserve the planet is one of the keys of a culture of peace.

For sure it is; the question is what is the relation, and for this we can best listen to the wisdom of so many indigenous peoples, that from times immemorial are guardians of the earth. If we are not at peace with our environment, behaving like parasites, how can we even think about a peacefull and non violent culture for our future is like a contradiction in terms.
So we have to heal this error of thinking and realise that the relation between the environment and peace is one of inextricable boundage.

This is why I want to bring under your attention the Global Campaign: SPEAKING4EARTH that is launched at 9 december 2004 in the Peace palace in The Hague.

Indigenous peoples have a deep spiritual connection to their land, including the sky, the clouds, the rivers, the soil and all living creatures. In the indigenous world, it is said that land is not something you inherit from your ancestors, but rather something you borrow from your children. Speaking4Earth is a project connecting this sense of change in the western relationship with the world with the vision of indigenous peoples that we need to care for the earth for our future generations. Speaking4 earth makes it priority to have the draft declaration on the Collective Rights of Indigenous Peoples addopted by the GA of the UN

reading their website:

For twenty years, Indigenous Peoples and their support organisations have been pressuring the United Nations to adopt a declaration for the protection of the rights of the world’s Indigenous Peoples. It is feared that – due to blocking attempts most notably by the UK and the USA - the UN will now stop this process and leave Indigenous Peoples’ rights unrecognized. . ...more.

This report was posted on May 21, 2008.