National Representation:

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:

Regional Networking:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

International Representation:

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:

  1. The Global Environmental Facility (GEF), dealing with the following conventions: Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Water, Ozone Layer Depletion and Desertification.
  2. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) dealing with Biodiversity Conservation, Management of Protected Areas, Species Survival, and Nature Environmental Legislation.
  3. Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, the Euro-Mediterranean Short and Medium Term Environmental Action Program (SMAP), involving 27 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Region.
  4. 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 .