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Palestinians, Israelis and Jordanians live in an environmental disaster area. Sewage flows into wadis and streams, and leachate from unsanitary and unlined dump sites seeps into springs and aquifers. Water sources are being destroyed as the aquifers become irreversibly polluted.

The mountain aquifer that supplies 30% of Israel's water supply and most Palestinian's water is being threatened by uncontrolled dumping of solid waste and untreated industrial and domestic wastewater. The upper aquifer is polluted in many areas, and the lower aquifer may soon follow.

Lack of investment in environmental infrastructure, coupled with lack of coordination and limitations in enforcing environmental laws and rapid development have combined to make the West Bank, Gaza and the Jordan Valley regions of high risk to public health and areas where potentially irreversible contamination to natural resources is imminent.

Center for Environmental Diplomacy is working to resolve these environmental problems with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, civil society, and especially youth, who are the future leaders of tomorrow.

To read how CED resolves these issues visit the CED Programs page.

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