|The land of Palestine welcomes 2,500 new olive trees|
Million Tree Campaign continues its “Land is Ours” campaign through the distribution of 2,500 to farmers in the Palestinian areas of Batouf, Shaghour, Shefa-Amr, Nazareth, the Upper Galilee, Ara, Majd Karoum, Western Baqah, Sakhnin, Deir Hanna, Arabeh, the Naqab, Mothalath inside the Palesitnian territories as well as inside the occupied Syrian Arab Golan.
| APN and PANAP lead fact-finding mission on pesticides in Palestine|
Between 1st – 7th May, 2016, Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) and Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) undertook a joint documentation mission in the Occupied West Bank and the Naqab region of historic Palestine inside the Green Line to better understand the human rights implications of the illegal production, trade, and dumping of pesticides, the dumping of industrial and domestic waste by Israeli settlers, and the culpability of state as well as corporate
|In Commemoration of Palestinian Land Day|
In commemoration of the 40th Land Day in Palestine on 30th April 2016, dozens of APN volunteers from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ramallah, under the slogan “uproot one tree… we replant ten”, cultivated 700 grape and apple seedlings in the village of Shoshalah, from which Palestinians have been displaced since 1967, and on nearby land bordering the Israeli settlements of Efrat and Gush Etzion. Land Day celebrates the revival of nationalism, and is symbolic of Palestinian adherence to both land and identity.
|Coordination Committee Meeting of the Civil Society Mechanism in Rome|
APN Manager Mariam Al Jaajaa, and on behalf of civil society from West Asia attended the Coordination Committee (CC) meeting of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) between May10-12th 2016. The CSM is affiliated with the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), which is the foremost inclusive international and intergovernmental platform that works to ensure food security and nutrition for all.
|APN Call to Stop Bloodshed as a Precondition for Development in the Arab World|
During the first session on Understanding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Board Member Razan Zuayter made an intervention stressing that stopping the bloodshed is a precondition for development in the Arab World.APN was invited to participate in the Third session of the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development on 29-30 May 2016, organized by UN ESCWA. The Forum is a high-level meeting intended as a primary regional platform to discuss coordinated implementation and follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Arab region.
|APN Funds New Agricultural Well in Jerusalem|
Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN), in cooperation with the Al-Nahda Rural Society, funded by donors from Malaysia, constructed a new 80 cubic meter capacity agricultural well in Khirbet al-Jabal, a community in the village of Beit Sureek, Jerusalem, in April 2016. The well is the final part of a tree planting project in the area which will strengthen the resilience of farmers and create additional support for them to remain on their land. This will help to secure the water necessary for irrigating the trees that were planted over an area of 65 dunums to benefit 20 families.
|APN and students from the National Orthodox School plant olive trees in Wadi al-Qatar |
Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN), as part of its Green Caravan program, carried out a tree planting event in Wadi al-Qatar on Tuesday 26 April, 2016, in cooperation with the National Orthodox School – Shmeisani and the Greater Amman Municipality.The goal of the activity was to plant trees in Wadi al-Qatar, previously considered a dumping ground, which is being rehabilitated and cultivated with forest and fruit trees to benefit the community and agricultural workers in the area.
|APN organizes mission to learn impacts of harmful Israeli landfill on Jordanian residents|
Arab Group for the Protection of Nature in partnership with the international Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific organized a fact-finding mission in the Jordan Valley (Jordan) on 30th April, 2016, to learn about the risks and challenges faced by Jordanian farmers. The mission’s focus was on the village of Damia in the Deir Alla region, which suffers impacts of the Damia Landfill controlled by the Israeli occupation forces on the opposite side of the Jordan River.
|The Green Caravan commemorates Al-Nakba through Tree Planting|
To commemorate the 68th Anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, the Green Caravan Program planted 300 orange trees on Friday May 13th 2016 in the land of Abu Hussein, located in Ashkiriah area - Deir Alla. Sponsored by the Integrated Technology Group (ITG), the activity was held in participation with Raje Association, Intima Campaign, and dozens of children from the al-Hussein camp.
|APN asks for inclusion of Palestinian Human Dignity during Water-Energy Conference|
On 6th April, 2016, APN Advocacy Officer Heather Elaydi attended the conference "Energy-Water Nexus: Integrated Energy and Water Planning in the WANA Region” at the King Hussein Club in Amman, Jordan. The conference was hosted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and the WANA Institute.
|APN Advocacy Officer Speaker at Agricultural Research Conference in Hungary|
On 11th May, 2016, APN participated in the second annual National Agricultural Research and Innovation Centre (NAIK) conference Agriculture and Climate Change: Broad International Cooperation in Solving Global Problems, which took place in Godollo, Hungary. APN was represented by Advocacy Officer Heather Elaydi, who presented on issues of agriculture and food security in the Gaza Strip.
|APN Invited to Join Agricultural Workers Union for Iftar|
APN welcomed an invitation from the Agricultural Workers Union in Wadi Rayan to join them for iftar on 22nd June, 2016. Hazem Melham, president of Rehabilitation and Care Association Charity, addressed APN and the farmers, followed by Methqal Zenati, representative of agricultural wokers, and APN’s Hassan Al Jaajaa, who spoke about the role of APN in this partnership and in supporting farmers. Dr. Ahmad Atouan and Omar Hajawi from Rehabilitation and Care Association Charity were also speakers at the gathering.