Friends of the Earth Middle East hired a Dutch company to put together a plan to help rehabilitate the Lower Jordan River after receiving a 3 million- euro ($3.8 million) grant from the European Union,
The river’s ecosystem is threatened by excessive water diversion for agriculture and other industries, development by Israel, Syria and Jordan as well as pollution, the environmental group said in a report.
Royal Haskoning, which won a tender for about 839,000 euros, this week started work with a group including Jordanians, Israelis and Palestinians that will present the rehabilitation plan for the Lower Jordan by 2014, FOEME said on its website.
“They will prepare a computerized model of all water extraction from the river and all of the springs,” said Gidon Bromberg, head of FOEME Israel.
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