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Growing Sustainable Peace

An environmental initiative that engages Arabs and Israelis has won LSE's Irfan Ali Mowjee Memorial Award, which funds joint projects that promote inter-cultural understanding and conflict resolution in the Middle East.

Growing Sustainable Peace (GSP) is the brainchild of three LSE students: Yuval Laster, an Israeli lawyer studying for an MSc in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation, Nina Jamila Arwitz, of the same MSc programme, and Danny Zilnik, who is studying for an MSc in Environment and Development.

GSP aims to support the Middle East peace process by engaging Arabs and Israelis in joint projects to increase agricultural water efficiency and promote environmental protection. The project will form a multidisciplinary student group from Israel and the West Bank that will work together to introduce innovative environmental technology to Palestinian small-scale farmers affected by the Separation Barrier. In addition to its environmental goals, GSP aims to engender trust and empower all the parties involved - key building blocks for conflict resolution.

GSP is a long-term project with a long-term vision. The first phase, January to September 2005, will involve bringing 60 students from Israeli and Palestinian universities together for a conference in Jerusalem / Al Quds, conducting academic and field research, identifying farmers interested in participating in the project, and forming a local NGO. This will form the basis for the second phase of the project: implementation and expansion of GSP to sustainable organic farming with access to local and international markets.

26 January 2005