PEnA has been working tirelessly to keep in touch
with all environmental entities as well as promoting new levels of cooperation
at the local, regional and international levels. On the local level, meetings
have been held with many Palestinian agencies including the Water Authority and
Ministry Of Planning and International Cooperation (MOPIC) in which main headlines
have been discussed and new guidelines have been drawn. Further meetings have
been held with representatives from Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture,
Ministry of Industry, Energy Authority, and Petroleum Authority among others.
Furthermore, PEnA has widened its horizon to include the NGOs, the private sector
and other concerned institutions. Those institutions have been directed to serve
as the main public awareness tool producing periodicals, leaflets, and posters
that highlight the importance of Palestinian environment and the problems it is
facing. In addition, association with the educational bodies has flourished this
past year. Several meetings with university representatives have focused on the
creation of accredited environmental programs to be integrated and added to the
teaching curricula in order to produce well-educated and certified generation
of Palestinians that care for their environment. To reinforce this role on the
local level, PEnA has been acting efficiently as a responsible environmental body
for the following:
- Nature Protection and Biodiversity Conservation.
- Combating Desertification.
- Integrated Coastal Zone Management.
- Bilateral Coordination Committee On Environment.
- Multilateral Working Group on Environment.
- Industrial Zones Management, and
- National Strategies, Action Plans, Regulations and other legal aspects.
- PEnA is the formal representative of the Palestinian National Authority to
the Initiative for Elaboration to Control Natural Resource Degradation in the
Arid Lands of the Middle East (Desertification Initiative of the Multilateral
Working Group on Environment on which the Palestinian Authority, Tunisia, Jordan,
Egypt, and Israel are members). Within the context of this initiative, PEnA took
the lead to prepare a National Plan of Action to Combat Desertification and mitigate
the drought effects in Palestine.
- PEnA has contributed to the development of a Biodiversity Strategy and Action
Plan in the Arab Region in collaboration with the UNDP/GEF and IUCN (The International
Union for the Conservation of Nature). This has been undertaken to benefit the
following countries: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Algeria, Yemen, Oman,
Sudan, and Djibouti.
- Collaboration exists with the Mediterranean Environmental and Technical Assistance
Program (METAP). METAP intends to support the PA with two projects activities:
Control Of Oil Spells and Pollution Control in Wadi Gaza.
- The Middle East and Mediterranean Desert Development Program: focusing on
Water Development, and Arid Land Management using both Satellite Images and Geographical
Information System (GIS).
- The Regional Program on the Conservation of Wetlands and Coastal Ecosystem
in the Mediterranean Region, supported by GEF and benefiting the following countries:
Albania, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Palestine and Lebanon.
- The Regional Program for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Dry Land
Agro-Biodiversity of the Fertile Crescent, supported by GEF and benefiting the
following Arab Countries: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine.
Meetings on the international level have stolen the
spotlights. PEnA has met with representatives of Donor Countries to draw in a
maximum attention to the sensitive situation of the Palestinian environment. Several
promising results have come out of these meetings such as - and not exclusive
to-the signing of the celebrated "Biodiversity Conservation" project
with the UNDP, the signing of the Canadian " Environmental Impact Assessment"
project, the ongoing negotiation with the Japanese to sign the " Solid Waste
Management" project, and with the World Bank to push the METAP Project on
Pollution Control and Oil Spells forward. Geographic Information System Training
Program for Arid Land Management in the Palestinian Territories will be the outcome
of intensive series of meetings and delegations between PEnA and the International
Arid Land Consortium, several US Universities, and international affiliated members.
PEnA operates as the focal point to:
- The Global Environmental Facility (GEF), dealing with the following conventions:
Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Water, Ozone Layer Depletion and Desertification.
- The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) dealing with
Biodiversity Conservation, Management of Protected Areas, Species Survival, and
Nature Environmental Legislation.
- Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Euro-Mediterranean Short and Medium Term
Environmental Action Program (SMAP), involving 27 countries from Europe and the
- All UN Conventions, dealing with Environment including Biodiversity, Climate
Change, Wetland Convention (RAMSAR), Convention for International Trade and Endangered
Species (CITES), Desertification, Ozone Layer Depletion, etc .