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Over the last sixty years, political conflict, shortsightedness, and greed have degraded a landscape of unique natural and cultural value. Springs have run dry, livelihoods have been lost, and the Jordan River itself has been reduced at places to little more than a ditch of raw sewage and agricultural run-off.
At the root of this disaster is the failure – or perhaps the refusal – to recognize the Jordan River Valley as a single, interconnected ecosystem.
By dividing the valley along borders that bear no relation to the geological or ecological contours of the land, and by a frantic, zero-sum competition to pump out the water than keeps this landscape alive, human beings have caused an environmental breakdown that has already led to the decline of biodiversity and the displacement of families.
The degradation of this landscape can be reversed. Rehabilitation begins with understanding the natural history of the watershed, and with learning to look beyond borders to see the Jordan River Valley as a whole. It also requires political will, and an equitable redistribution of water towards the Palestinian communities who have borne the brunt of this environmental catastrophe.
Here you will find films, articles, and reports that help you to understand the valley and to join us in our campaign to protect this place for future generations.