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Israel and Jordan promise to wash away their ecological sins in Jordan

The sacred river is drying up and has now turned into a culvert.

On the sidelines of the COP27 climate summit, Israel and Jordan signed a joint declaration of intent to restore the Jordan, the biblical river that has now turned into a toxic stream.

Until the early 1960s, the Jordan annually transported 1.3 billion cubic meters of water from the Sea of ​​Galilee to the Dead Sea, covering a distance of 250 km between Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

The flow has now dropped by 93 percent due to dams and diversion projects built by the two countries, according to an estimate announced by Jordan on Thursday.

Sewage pipes and fertilizer runoff pollute what little water remains and turn the holy river into a foul-smelling cesspool.

In many parts of it, Jordan has turned into a wet dump

Cooperation on water management was a key element of the 1994 peace accord between Israel and Jordan, but frosty relations in recent decades have hampered efforts at restoration.

The plan presented on the sidelines of COP27 in Egypt is rather general. It foresees that the two countries should combat pollution with new biological treatment facilities and upgrading of sewage pipelines, according to an Israeli government statement.

The two countries also promise to promote sustainable agriculture and limit fertilizer runoff and pesticide use, without specifying how.

Christian believers continue to be baptized in the toxic waters of the Jordan (APE-ERA)

“Cleaning up pollution, restoring water flow and strengthening natural ecosystems will help us adapt to the reality of the climate crisis,” Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Tamar Zandberg said according to the Associated Press.

And Jordan’s state agency Petra said the project could increase water reserves and create job opportunities “for those living on both banks of the Jordan River, including Palestinians” in the West Bank.

The restoration plan is “a critical climate adaptation measure that could help restore 50 percent of the biodiversity lost after decades of pollution and flow diversions,” said EcoPeace Middle East, a cross-border environmental organization that encourages Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian cooperation. Territories in matters of water resource management.

The dramatic decrease in the flow of the Jordan is also the reason for the decline of the Dead Sea, which is falling in level by one meter a year and is in danger of disappearing in the coming decades.

Source: tanea

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