Water, Wastewater, and Energy Solutions for Off-grid Bedouin, Palestinian, and Jordanian Communities

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Clive Lipchin, Director
Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute

Co-Sponsors:  Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arizona Center for Judaic Studies

The Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel is implementing an off grid Food, Energy, Water (FEW) Nexus approach addressing the need for conflict mitigation relating to transboundary environmental management. The project specifically implements on-site, off-grid solutions for communities lacking access to centralized water, wastewater, and energy infrastructure.  The project includes greywater treatment and reuse systems; renewable energy; hydroponics micro-systems; and more. Work is being carried out in Palestinian communities in the West Bank, Jordanian farms in the Jordan Valley, and Bedouin communities in Israel’s Negev Desert. Lessons learned in the Middle East can be used in addressing challenges in other arid regions of the world such as Native American communities in Arizona and New Mexico.

Clive serves as director of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies' Center for Transboundary Water Management where he oversees research and development projects, workshops and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. His specialty is in water resources management and policy. Clive also consults for a number of international water agencies such as the World Bank, EU, UNDP and USAID and has been involved most recently with the European Union's Water Initiative project for the Mediterranean region and the USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) program. He serves as the Israeli partner for the USDA funded project - CONSERVE (COordinating Nontraditional Sustainable watER use in Variable climatEs): A Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food and Health.”

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