Regional Environmental Sustainability in the Middle East

The Porter School of Environmental Studies (PSES) provides its students with the opportunity to learn about environmental issues from an additional perspective: regional environmental sustainability in the Middle East. The program introduces students to the trans-boundary nature of environmental problems in the region, and emphasizes the joint, integrated approach necessary for natural resource management.


Students participating in the program take part in a regional study tour, where they meet with various experts – academic researchers, NGO representatives, governmental representatives, local officials and environmental activists – to learn about the cross-border environmental issues shared by Israel and its neighbors; how the regional conflict has affected the environment; and the possible role which the environment can play as a peacemaking tool in future negotiations.


This program is a collaborative effort between PSES and Columbia University’s Earth Institute and Middle East Research Center. It is expected to create a network of cooperation and a platform for discussing solutions to shared environmental challenges, resulting in practical policy and research papers.


* Watch a short video about the program.


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