EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East Cooperation Circle
Environmental peacemaking in the Middle East
"Our purpose is to engage Muslim, Christian, and Jewish communities in the rehabilitation of the lower Jordan River."
Action Areas: Community Building, Environment,Interfaith/Intercultural Understanding and Dialogue,Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
Traditions: Atheist, Christianity, Islam, Judaism
Sub-Traditions: Nontheist
Number of Members: 100
Location: Around the Jordan River
Joined URI Network: April 2014
Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists to promote cooperative efforts to protect their shared environmental heritage. They seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in their region through their Environmental Peacemaking work. They have offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv and they are a member of Friends of the Earth International, the largest grassroots environmental network in the world. They are a project-oriented organization; hence, their work is organized according to projects. Friends of the Earth Middle East has been involved in community development projects in the Jordan Valley since the early 2000s. Some of their ongoing projects: the "Good Water Neighbors" (GWN) project, which aims at raising awareness of the shared water problems of Palestinians, Jordanians, and Israelis; the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project; the "Protecting Groundwater" project, which aims to promote sustainable management of water resources and alleviate pollution of groundwater in the Mediterranean basins; the development of 3 FoEME EcoParks (whether to preserve biodiversity, or as a powerful tool for environmental education, they are important community based projects); and the Jordan River Peace Park, which is considered as the concrete first step towards rehabilitating the Jordan River, endorsed by the mayors and communities on both sides of the river.
Spreading messages of peace and coexistence through music production
"Our purpose is to bring together on a regular basis, musicians amateurs and professionals from all over the MENA region, with the objective to establish a better understanding of each other's culture, religion, and traditions."
Traditions: Judaism, Islam, Christianity
Number of Members: 14
Joined URI Network: February 2009
Musaique Cooperation Circle (CC) revolves around music creation as a means to bring people from different faiths and backgrounds together under the umbrella of music production. The CC dreams of touching the hearts and minds of people and making a difference in the world, spreading messages of peace and coexistence.
Women's Interfaith Network of the Middle East and North Africa CC
Building an environment where women can work together and strengthen their unique peace-building qualities and demonstrate how to change attitudes and behaviors
“Our purpose is to learn together and share information about our religions, traditions, and customs in order to dispel stereotypes, avoid prejudice and mistrust, create sisterhood, and to act together effectively to enhance the cooperation and respect between religions in our region.”
Action Areas: Women
Traditions: Judaism, Islam, Spirituality, Christianity
Sub-Traditions: Druze
Number of Members: 11
Joined URI Network: November 2003
Women's Interfaith Network of the Middle East and North Africa (WIN MENA) Cooperation Circle (CC) was formed by Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Egyptian, Israeli, Jordanian, Palestinian, Tunisian women at the 2003 MENA Conference, with the goal of creating interfaith women's solidarity and the opportunity to pursue joint activities. CC members regularly meet in conjunction with the annual MENA Region Conferences in Jordan. They hold a three day Women's Interfaith Leadership Workshop in Amman. Additionally, they focus on promoting interfaith understanding and solidarity among women of the Abrahamic religions in our region.