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The Heinrich Böll Foundation in Berlin and Schleswig Holstein has published, together with the monthly newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique, the Ocean Atlas 2017. With 18 contributions and 50 graphics it delivers the facts and figures on our impact on the oceans, the most valuable ecosystems our planet has to offer. It explains why we are seeing a rapid increase in acidity levels, how 90 percent of globally exploited fish populations are fully utilized, and 20% of them even overfished...

Between 26 February and 5 March, 2017, Al-Haq participated in the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) annual meeting and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC) in Eugene,Oregon.

COP22 in Marrakech

At the UN’s COP 22 climate conference in Marrakech, the international community closed ranks despite (or perhaps because of?) the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

Marrakesh railway station

The UN climate summit in Marrakech from 7 to 18 November, is the crucial next step for operationalizing the Paris Agreement. Many controversial issues such as damages caused by climate change and financing for the poorest countries are on the agenda.

Symposium on Adult Education: Social Change and Environmental Sustainability

The Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association – DVV International cordially invites you to attend the symposium on

Dr. Marwan Ghanem (standing) presenting his study "Gender Empowerment and Treated Wastewater Reuse in Ein Qinia" at the BöllDebates. Ramallah, 12 Oct 2016.

Heinrich Böll Stiftung Palestine & Jordan and the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) held a roundtable discussion on 12 October 2016 in Ramallah, where Dr. Marwan Ghanem presented his study "Gender Empowerment and Treated Wastewater Reuse in Ein Qinia".

Here you can read a summary of the event and go through the photos.

Heinrich Böll Stiftung Palestine & Jordan and the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) invite you to a round table to present the study of "Gender Empowerment and Treated Wastewater Reuse in Ein Qinia" by Dr. Marwan Ghanem on Wedessday 12.10.2016 at 11:00 am at hbs meeting room- 5th floor/ Ramallah.


Women in Palestine are disproportionately affected by the lack of access to sanitation and adequate quantities of safe water. The research aimed to improve the empowerment of communities and individuals (mainly women) in the Palestinian urban areas on the acceptance of the reuse of treated wastewater. Research was carried out at Ein Qinyia village in Ramallah about whether or not training women can increase their awareness and accept the reuse of treated wastewater from the Al-Tireh Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Dr. Suha al-Madbouh giving SEA training in Ramallah

hbs held the first training of its kind in Palestine on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), in the three first days of August 2016. Seventeen enthusiastic participants, two of them from Gaza, attended the training, which was delivered by Dr. Suha al-Madbouh.

Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan Office is holding a training on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in Ramallah, Palestine between 01-03 August 2016. We encourage applicants interested in the topic to apply for the training.

In partnership with the Jordanian Ministry of Environment, the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS), and EDAMA- Energy, Water & Environment Productivity-, Heinrich Boell Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan Office held a discussion workshop “From Amman to Marrakesh towards COP22” on 9 May 2016 in Amman, Jordan.

The Heinrich Boell Foundation Palestine & Jordan office in Ramallah is deeply concerned by the smear campaign against its partner, the Palestinian Human Rights Organization Al Haq.

Heinrich Böll Foundation (hbs), represented through its offices in Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco, welcomes applicants from Arab countries in the Middle East and North Africa to apply for its Regional Summer School 2016 that will take place between 14-18 August 2016 in Amman, Jordan..

The Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON) and MA’AN Development Center in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan Office published a study on “2014 War on Gaza Strip: Participatory Environmental Impact Assessment” in October 2015. The study was prepared by Dr. Ahmad Safi and a group of assistant researchers. The study discusses the findings of a participatory assessment that was performed between May and September 2015, investigating the environmental impacts of the July/August 2014 war on the Gaza Strip “Operation Protective Edge.”

On October 13th a large coalition of environment, climate and indigenous peoples organizations has posted a letter to the board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The group demands that the EITI’s principles, standards and procedures have to take into account climate change impacts, and the consequences of necessary legal and policy reforms and associated risks to the fossil fuel industry.

Policy Dialogue on Food Sovereignty in Palestine

On 7 September 2015, Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan office invited the main Palestinian actors and experts in the environmental field to a policy dialogue titled “Food Sovereignty in Palestine”. The aim of the policy dialogue was to discuss the challenges before local agriculture in Palestine and the influence of the agricultural policies and projects on the Palestinian market. The experts and representatives of Palestinian civil society organizations and ministries came up with recommendations at the end of the dialogue to improve the situation of the Palestinian agriculture and market

Climate Change: Too hot to handle

If the EU is serious about an ambitious agreement at the UN talks in Paris, it must prioritise adaptation and resilience to climate risk in the negotiations, write Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung's President Barbara Unmüßig and Ralf Fücks and E3G's Chief Executive Nick Mabey.

Environmental Injustice

Al-Haq in cooperation with Heinrich Böll Foundation’s Palestine & Jordan Office published a study on “Environmental Injustice in Occupied Palestinian Territory: Problems and Prospects” in July 2015. The study was prepared by three researchers, Dr. Benjamin Pontin, Dr. Jesus Gamero Rus, and Vito de Lucia*. The researchers investigated environmental problems affecting Palestinians, which are attributed to Israel’s occupation of the territories of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip. The investigation took place in relation to environmental justice.