Zero Waste Management and Ecotourism

From July 21 until July 26, 2019, a delegation of representatives from Municipalities, Ministries and the Energy Sector in Palestine visited Bavaria. The goal was to gain information and share experiences with German representatives in the field of Zero waste management and sustainable Ecotourism.

During their stay, the delegation visited the incineration plants Gemeinsames Kommunalunternehmen für AbfallwirtschaftSWM – Stadtwerke München, and Strom- und Wärmeerzeugung, as well as the recycling structures Abfallwirtschaftsbetrieb AWB. In addition, they met with representatives of the Bavarian State Ministry of Environment and Consumer Protection. Through their meetings, the participants learnt about best practices, discussed current environmental trends, and gained the Bavarian expertise in theory and practice.

A further aspect of the visit was for the participants to learn how to develop the environmental education and awareness strategies in Palestine. For this reason, the delegation also visited the Environmental Education Center at "Haus der Berge”, as well as an award-winning environmentally friendly mountain hotel "Berghotel Rehlegg".

The visit concluded at the Hanns Seidel Foundation headquarters in Munich, where the participants me with General Secretary Mr. Oliver Jörg and head of the Middle East and North Africa Department, Mrs. Maryam Schmidt, in order to discuss further cooperation in the field of environment.

The five-day meetings gave the participants a profound understanding and many insights about zero waste management and ecotourism, which enables them to return to Palestine and discuss how to implement what they have learned.

We wish them luck on their mission!

Environmental Exchange Visit between Palestine and Bavaria

From November 21. until November 23. 2018, the Hanns Seidel Foundation invited to Bavaria a delegation, headed by Chairperson of the Environment Quality Authority H.E. Adalah Atteereh, to discuss joint environmental cooperation and awareness raising in the field of Nature Reserves and environmental protection and education.

The delegation spent their time visiting the protected area of the Ammersee, as well as at The National Park center »Haus der Berge« in Berchtesgaden, where they gained knowledge about environmental education and tourism in a Bird Protection area.

In addition to the touring of Nature Reserves, the delegation also held political meetings, such as at the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, which for the first time hosted a Palestinian official from the Environment Quality Authority. The delegation also held high-level talks with representatives from the Foreign Relations Department of the Bavarian State Chancellery, as well as with Chairwoman of Hanns Seidel Foundation Prof. Ursula MännleLandrat of Traunstein, Mr. Siegfried Walch; and with the  Schutzgemeinschaft Deutscher Wald, Landesverband Bayern e.V.  At the end of all these meetings, the German officials expressed their desire to support environmental cooperation and exchange of experience, particularly in the field of ​​Nature Reserves.

The delegation visit to Bavaria contributed to a better understating of the subject matters, which will promote future actions for the environment protection in Palestine.

Promoting ecotourism through local municipalities announces a new project to promote ecotourism through local municipalities.

Eid (Feast) in the Palestinian nature invites everyone to enjoy a good time of Eid Alfiter (Feast) in the Palestinian nature, especially in the different nature reserves in the West Bank

The website provides information about the areas and services of ecotourism, as information only and not recommendations, The visitor can view the interactive map prior to his visit and can get to know the most important areas and services on the link

In addition to that, visitors can use the filtering option on the right side of the map to filter the guest houses, historical and natural sites, the institutions, museums, cultural centers, restaurants and shops, guides and the nearby villages famous for ecotourism.

The visitors are asked to not to do harm to the plants, to step on it or collect it, and to respect the nature which includes plants, animals, insects and birds by keeping the areas clean after their visit and to not to throw the garbage on the ground.

The website is implemented by the German  Hanns Seidel Foundation and supervised by the Envrionment Quality Authority. It serves as an educational resources to know about the most important nature areas and nature reserves, and it has a national and family-like team who hike in nature.

International Biodiversity Day 21.5.2018 celebrates the international biodiversity day

In the past years cooperated with governmental institutions and the Hanns Seidel Foundation in the field of biodiversity and the nature reserves.

In the initial stages, the community events had the slogan “ lets know more about it”, aiming at educating more about the nature reserves, then it had the slogan “ the cleanliness of the reserves is our responsibility”, which aimed at engaging the community positively in the protection and cleaning of the reserves.

Through the community events of and with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation they have visited 23 nature reserves in 2017. Around 1700 participants attended of which 43% were Females, 57% were males. They were either explorers, researchers, photographers, university and school students, employees of governmental and civil organizations  and they were from Gaza, Jenin, Bethlehem, Nablus, Ramallah, Qalqilya, Tulkarem, Tubas, Hebron, Salfit and villages from nearby the nature reserves.