Left: November 9, 1984. Right: November 28, 2011. The Dead Sea lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, bordering Jordan, Israel and the West Bank. It is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, too salty to harbor any life other than bacteria. Minerals from the sea, however, are extracted for various industrial purposes. Mineral […]
The World Water forum started this Monday in Marseille; the famous Mediterranean harbor town in southern France. The French media are covering the big international conference extensively. The Daily ‘La Croix’ Used 4 of our images in a ‘water special’ on Saturday and the daily paper on Monday. Including the first page on Saturday. They used one […]
“Water access in Jordan is just stress and confusion”
“The ecosystem cannot afford us”
“My grandmother, one cold winter, jumped naked into the Jordan River on a dare. Today she would have broken her neck in the shallow water”
Little is left of the Jordan River. Most of the water is diverted for irrigating farmlands and supplying cities. Few rivers have spawned conflict like the Jordan River has. Years of below average rainfall forced the bordering countries to search for alternative sources. The ultimate project is a proposed conveyance system between the Red Sea and Dead Sea. ‘It is the only major project in which Israel, the Palestine Authorities and Jordan cooperate.’
A lot is happening with Disputed Waters. Ronald and André (a new contributor, check out his bio) arrived in Cambodia to spend five days with fishermen that are suffering from declining fish levels. Célia, another new contributor, has left for Israel to cover the problems surrounding the Jordan River. Her posts will soon appear here as well.