INVITATION TO JOURNALISTS: visits to funded projects in Jordan and Palestine
The ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme, in collaboration with the European Commission's DG NEAR, the EU Delegation to Jordan and the European Union Office for the West Bank and Gaza Strip, is organizing a series of visits to funded projects in Jordan and Palestine on 14, 15 and 16 March 2017.
Visits aim to showcase the results of 4 Mediterranean cooperation projects in the fields of social inclusion, sustainable tourism, energy efficiency and waste management. Visits will take place according to the schedule below.
14 March (Jordan)
Visit of the "SIDIG-MED" project (facilities of the Royal Botanic Garden in Tal Al-Rumman, 10.00-13.00). The visit, to be introduced by HRH Princess Basma bint Ali, founder of the Royal Botanic Garden, will focus on the results achieved by SIDIG-MED project in the social inclusion and empowerment of marginalized local communities through the development of small-scale and innovative agriculture activities.
15 March (Palestine)
Visit of "Future of Our Past" project (Bethlehem, 17.00-18.30). With this project, implemented in Palestine by the Dar Al-Kalima College, a community hotel has been created in Bethlehem. The community hotel is a brand new and innovative way of hosting tourists as it is made of 26 privately-owned rooms and apartments scattered through the old town. 18 local families are involved. Some of the accommodations have been renovated by the project, preserving traditional heritage from degradation. Bookings and requests of information are managed by an accommodation center located at the International Center of Bethlehem. The visit will start at the International Center of Bethlehem – Dar An Nadwa.
16 March (Palestine)
• Visit of "MED-SOLAR" project (Nablus, An-Najah National University, 09.00-11.00). The visit will start from the premises of the Energy Research Center, the Palestinian partner of the project. Through the project, two photovoltaic hybrid systems have been installed at the An-Najah Hospital (104kWp) and Faculty of Medicine (41kWp) to provide clean energy in case of electricity interruption. The photovoltaic systems replace polluting diesel generators which are normally used for energy back-up when the electric grid us not available. Overall, the conventional energy consumption will be reduced of 240 MWh/year while savings on the energy bill of the An-Najah National University will be over 130,000 NIS each year.
• Visit of "SCOW" project (composting plant of Baytillu village from 12.00 to 13.30). The House of Water and Environment has established two composting plants for the treatment and recycling of organic waste from the area of Ramallah and Jericho. The plants, which are currently functioning on a pilot basis, have a capacity to treat over 2.400 tons of biowaste each year while 1.000 tons of compost will be distributed to local farmers to increase soil fertility. The implementation of the project was supported by door-to-door collection of biowaste as well as by training and awareness activities dedicated to households, businesses, farmers and local administrations.
Contacts Martin Heibel