Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Building a Green Palestine

Building a Green Palestine – Building for the Future

One Day Conference Will Focus On Need to Implement Green Building and Construction Practices in the West Bank and Gaza

8 November 2010 - leaders and experts from the building and construction industry will gather in Ramallah for a one-day conference to raise awareness about green building practices in Palestine. The conference is being organized by humanitarian aid organization CHF International (CHF) with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Despite the Middle East region being one of the lowest producers of climate change-linked gases and pollution, the region is set to be one of the most at-risk areas as the impact on the environment and natural resources are felt. Without major changes, the degradation of the environment will threaten the supply of natural resources and affect every community, especially those who are poor and depend on local resources to survive. The consequent economic effects could be disastrous for an area already subject to multiple political strains and conflicts.

To mitigate the effects of diminishing natural resources such as water and natural gas utilized by a growing human population, CHF is working to bring together leaders, world renowned architects, local government officials and humanitarian aid workers for a one day intensive conference on the topic of constructing green buildings that are less taxing on the environment and available resources.

“Every day in Palestine we address economic and social conditions, physical restrictions and political difficulties that challenge both the present and the future,” noted Lana Abu-Hijleh, CHF International Country Director for the West Bank and Gaza. {read rest}

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