Completed Projects | On-Going Projects

  Completed Projects:
       Project title:
Conservation of Biodiversity in Palestine: BERC-Til Educational and Research
       Botanic Gardens.

       Project summary:
The Biodiversity and Environmental Research Center, BERC, has responded
       the deteriorating status of biological diversity in the Palestinian Authority
       by establishing the BERC-Til Botanic Gardens in 2003 on a 15,000 m2 area,
       dedicated mainly to natural and threatened endemic plants with local
       significance.

                         
       One of the botanic gardens main purposes is to display the plants and also to establish
genetic
       stores of these plants. The gardens and the existing BERC research facilities form a good basis
       for educational and research programs directed towards promotion of plant biodiversity
       conservation, environmental and plant conservation education, horticulture, and preservation
       of medicinal plants and traditional knowledge associated to their uses.

      
The botanic gardens, as collections of living plants, can play an important role in the Palestinian
       communities as sites for recreation, education, and biodiversity conservation, and in
       developing human understanding for plant diversity and its value for humanís welfare. They
       also help people to appreciate and understand the ecological, aesthetic, economic, and
       medicinal values of these plants. Also, the botanic gardens help conserve Palestinian
       threatened and endangered plants.

       Donor: GEF / SGP
      
Project Start and End Dates: Dec 2001- June / 2003
       Organizationís Role: planning and implementation.


       Project title: Grey Water Reuse in Irrigation of Natural Plants in BERC-Til Botanic Gardens.

        Project summary
: The project involved the collection, primary treatment and reuse of grey
        water from a mosque and a high secondary school in Til village in irrigation of natural plants
      
 growing at BERC-Til Botanic Gardens.

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             Donor: Palestinian Hydrology Group, PHG
             Project Start and End Dates:
July-Aug 2003
             Organizationís Role:
Technical planning and implementation.
 

              Project title: Northern Gaza Botanic Gardens.

              Project summary
: Provide technical advice on all biodiversity related aspects of the
              suggested botanic gardens (e.g., plant collections and distribution, and conservation,
              research, and education facilities needed, Ö, etc.).

              Donor: The Agricultural Relief Committees, Gaza.
              Project Start and End Dates:
Aug- Sept 2003
             Organizationís Role:
Consultation: Provide advice on all biodiversity related
              aspects of the suggested botanic gardens.


             Project title: Medicinal Plants as a Source of Therapeutics for Acnes and Teeth
                                     Bacterial Infections.

              French Partner: Prof. I. About, Laboratoire IMEB; Facultť d'Odontologie, Marseille, France.

             Project summary: The project involved the study of selected plants used in Palestinian
             folkloric medicine for the treatment of acnes and teeth infections, for their antimicrobial,
             biochemical, and pharmacological characteristics. It also included the isolation and
             identification of the active compounds against Propionibacterium acnes, the causative agent
             of acnes, and aerobic and anaerobic bacteria associated with tooth pathology, and the study
             of pharmacological characteristics and biocompatibility, including cytotoxicity, of active
             compounds.

              Donor:
French Gov/ French Pal Joint Projects, MEHE
              Project Start and End Dates:
1 Year (2002/2003)
             Organizationís Role:
Technical planning and implementation


               Project title: Rehabilitation of Aquatic Habitat in BERC-Til Botanic Gardens

              Project summary: The project involved the establishment of a pool in the above-mentioned
              gardens to function as a habitat for aquatic plants and fresh water fauna.

              Donor: PHG
              Project Start and End Dates:
July-Aug 2003
             Organizationís Role:
Technical planning and implementation


             Project title: Sustainable Use of Water & Improvement of Environment: Til Pool Rehabilitation

            Project summary: The project involved the rehabilitation of a natural rain-fed pool with a
            storage capacity of about 5,000 cubic meter of water in the western area of Til village. The
            project has been centered on rain water harvesting, it increased water storage capacity of the
            pool to about 5000 cubic meters; provided a safe source of drinking water for animals; provided
            farmers and the nearby BERC-Til Botanic Gardens with water for irrigation; created an aquatic
            habitat that supports a good number of aquatic plants, birds and other animals; and improved
            the state of the environment in the project area.

            Donor: Oxfam GB
            Project Start and End Dates:
Oct 2003 Ė Feb 2004
            Organizationís Role:
Technical planning and implementation

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   On-going Projects:
          Project title:
Establishment of a Community-Based Seed Bank in the Nablus District

         Project summary
: A community-based seed bank (CSB) is being established in Til village in the
         Nablus District (northern  West Bank) to maintain and improve local crop accessions that will
         ensure lasting food productivity and availability, as well as increase source of income in the
         target local communities, and enhance the diversities of traditional food crop varieties.

          Donor: GEF / SGPP
          Project Start and End Dates: June 2004 Ė May 2006. Ongoing
        
 Organizationís Role: Technical planning and implementation


           Project title: Setting up a New Hakooreh, NH in the Nablus District.

           Project summary: The project is centered on the introduction into the Palestinian communities
           in the Nablus District a new more efficient productive agroecosystems, the New Hakooreh, NH
          (family microgarden). The NH is a small-scale horticultural production package involving the
           utilization of low-pressure drip-irrigation equipment designed for this purpose, a combination of
           annual and
tree crops and an operating system, which allows the farmer to irrigate adequately
           according to sound scientific principles. This NH is also based on the fact that the agricultural
           system, which utilizes solar energy most fully, is that which have a year-round cultivation with a
           dense crop canopy; i.e., mixed tree and annual crops.

            Donor: Oxfam GB
            Project Start and End Dates:
Jan ĖJuly 2005
            Organizationís Role:
Technical planning and implementation


             Project title: Conservation of Medicinal Plants and related traditional knowledge in the West
                                     Bank and Gaza Strip

           Project summary: The project involves an ethnobotanic study of the Palestinian herbal
             medicine in the West bank and Gaza. It aims at conserving Palestinian medicinal plants and
             traditional knowledge associated with their uses, promoting public awareness regarding the
            value of medicinal plants and related traditional knowledge, and documenting Palestinian
             traditional knowledge regarding herbal medicine in the West Bank and Gaza. It involves the
             establishment of an ethnobotanic conservation site at BERC-Til Botanic Gardens comprising
              medicinal plants from Gaza and the West Bank.

              Donor: GEF/ SGPP
              Project Start and End Dates:
Sep 2004 Ė Sep 2005 Ongoing
             
Organizationís Role: Technical planning and implementation in cooperation with SDE, Gaza

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