My last blog before going on vacation for the month of August:
Last Week of Dickinson Summer Sustainability Program - The Dickinson College Summer Sustainability Program at the Arava Institute is in its last week. For the last 3 weeks 8 students and Dickinson faculty member Dr Marcus Key have explored issues of sustainability in Israel , focusing mainly on the Southern Arava. The program has included a range of lectures, workshops and local trips including biodiversity of local sand dunes, earth science in the Arava, tours and sessions on renewable energy initiatives in the region, an introduction to human ecology and archeology , sustainable agriculture., mud building , discussions and lectures on water management in the Middle East and discussion groups and role plays based on environmental justice and activism.
Submitted by Cathie Granit
Israeli Minister for Environmental Protection, Gilad Erdan, visited the Arava Institute
Minister for Environmental Protection, Gilad Erdan, visited the Arava Institute on July 26th. The mnister came with his entire senior staff to visit the area, see the Samar Sand dunes under threat of mining for building purposes, the Sasgon Valley near Park Timna under threat of development, renewable energy projects in the area and to visit the Arava Institute. The Minister was also accompanied by Hevel Eilot Regional Council Chair, Udi Gat. After introductions, David Lehrer gave a brief overview of the Arava Institute highlighting the academic program, research programs and alumni activiies. The minister was especially interested in the cross border cooperative educational and research programs. Minister Erdan said that he did not want this visit to be check off on a list of things to do but the visit should be followed up by cooperation between the Arava Institute and the Ministry for Environmental Protection. Both the staff of the the Ministry and the Arava Institute is charged with following up programs and ideas for further cooperation. At the end of David's presentation, David gave his usual closing line: "It is our vision a the Arava Institute, that some day, the Minister of the Environment from Israel, the Minister of the Environment from Palestine and the Minister of the Enviroment from Jordan will all be graduates of the Arava Institute and will be able to work together for a more sustainable and peaceful Middle East." Minister Erdan just smiled.
Arava Alumane Manar Saria participates in Washington DC Program
Submitted by Josh Neirman
The next blog will appear in September. Have a good summer