The ‘Environment and Occupation Trip 2012’ tour will explore issues such as freedom of access to water and sanitation in the West Bank and the Jordan Valley. It will also be looking at deforestation issues and the tense relationship between Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Palestinians with regards to waste and pollution. The programme highlights includes visiting the city of Jericho, learning about the falling water levels of the Dead Sea and exploring permaculture projects in the region.
The tour which runs from 24 February – 5 March 2012, will arrange meetings with grassroots-level campaigners, politicians and experts on water and the environment. It will cost $2,400 with the price including meals, double room accommodation, reading materials and payment for all activities and transportation. To register your interest you need to get fill out an application and deposit $400. For more details get in touch with [email protected].
Organisers at Global Exchange are hoping to make the group taking part in the trip as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. As such, they are strongly urging people of colour to apply. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.
Palestine is slowly building a reputation as a great location for eco-tourism. Fellow Green Prophet writer Sarah Irving has complied a list of Palestinian guesthouses where visitors can eat great food, meet new people and support organisations campaigning on everything from Bedouins, women’s right, environmental conservation, community arts and culture.
The Friends of the Earth Middle East (FOEME) Eco-Centre at Al-Auja, a Palestinian village in the Jordan Valley, was also recently expanded to include a guesthouse. As well as getting a taste of Palestinian hospitality, the centre helps educate visitors about the environmental problems facing the region.
All images via Guillaume Paumier/flickr
For more on eco-tourism in Palestine see:
A Whirlwind Tour of Palestinian Guesthouses
Eco-Tourism On The West Bank’s Elusive Sufi Trail
Jordan Valley Eco-centre Opens Community Guesthouse