Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian Authority scientists are working together to study the Dead Sea in order to find ways to rehabilitate it and the region around it. The scientists have a new base – the Dead Sea Research Institute.
The institute was established under the aegis of the International Cooperation Ministry with additional partners including the Tamar Regional Council, Tel Aviv University, the JNF, ICA and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
“This place serves as a symbol of the deep desire of the Israeli people for cooperation with our neighbors in joint research, progress and development in order to improve life in general and our common life in particular,” said Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoob Kara.
“The Dead Sea, the preservation of which we are currently fighting for, is an historic source for heritage, tourism and raw materials used by the entire world in technological, agricultural and medical developments. The Regional Cooperation Ministry is advancing many projects to raise awareness of the Dead Sea with our neighbors, especially the canal between the seas which, in a few years, will raise the level of the Dead Sea by millions of cubic meters of water and supply freshwater to the peoples of the region.”
A dedication ceremony for the institute was held on November 22, at the Masada National Park Visitor’s Center.
Studies carried out by the institute will concentrate on issues such as: climate and environmental medicine and health; flora and fauna, environment, geology, archaeology and heritage; natural resources, environmental and community management and regional-international cooperation, as well as bio- and nano-technology.