The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
The Arava Institute is a unique oasis of environmental education, research, and international cooperation. As the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, Arava plays a significant role in preparing future Palestinian and Israeli leaders to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges.
With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, North Americans and other nationalities, the Arava Institute gives Jewish, Arab and other students a unique opportunity to study and live together for an extended period of time. By studying together, students build networks that will enable future cooperative work and activism in the Middle East and beyond. At the Arava Institute, the idea that nature knows no political borders is more than a belief — it is a way of life.
“Nature Knows No Border”
Located in Israel’s Arava desert, the Arava Institute has established a number of cross-border projects with the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. With four research centers, including one for Transboundary Water Management, the Institute approaches real environmental challenges head-on. Practical research includes renewable energy initiatives, waste water and desalinization techniques, and climate appropriate agriculture.
The Arava Institute recently held their first annual conference Building Cross-Border Environmental Agreements Between Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. As an institution accustomed to advancing cross-border environmental cooperation in the face of political conflict, the Arava Institute knows this will take a combination of world-class scientific research, environmental planning, and people-to-people connections.
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