Ben-Gurion University of the NegevBen-Gurion University of the Negev

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, (BGU) is one of the leading universities in Israel and globally in the fields of Desalination and water resources management. The Department for Desalination and Water Treatment of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Science and Technology is charged with investigating desalination technologies for seawater and saline groundwater. The department's team of scientists and engineers specializes in the development of liquid-phase separation and desalination techniques (including high- and low-pressure reverse osmosis, microfiltration, nanofiltration, ultrafiltration, ozonation, electrodialysis, sorption and ion exchange, and sand filtration). The Department has state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and equipment for advanced water treatment and desalination and microbiology research.

Contact info:

Dr. Rami Messalem
Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research - ZIWR
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
POB 653 Beer Sheva
Tel: +972 8 6461 943


The University of Haifa is a pioneer and a leader in the field of environmental management and environmental policy studies in Israel.The University was founded in 1963 and is home today to more than 18,000 students with over 750 scholars and scientists making up the academic staff of itsseven Faculties. The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management was established in 1998 with the purpose to bestow high-level academic education in the fields of environmental management and environmental policy studies by using an interdisciplinary approach. It currently offers three MA programs and an international Global Green MBA program. The Department is unique for its balanced approach to coping with dilemmas relating to natural resources in a managerial and practical orientation focusing on sustainability.
Contact info:
Dr. Andrea Ghermandi
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Faculty of Management
University of Haifa
199 Aba Khoushy Ave., Mount Carmel
Haifa 3498838
Tel: +972 4 828 8542


Central-and-Northern Arava Valley
The Central and Northern Arava R&D center is a leading scientific research and development institute established in 1986, as part of the Negev-Arava R&D program. The institute combines practical research in the fields of sustainable agriculture, water management and aquaculture, providing critical knowledge to the regional farming community, as well as to other countries around the world. Additionally, this research station leads a cutting edge of scientific research in the fields of biotechnology, grug discovery, geology and ecology.
The R&D Structure and Organization


The Arava R&D activity is governed by a directory comprised by representatives of JNF, Central Arava and Tamar regional councils, Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Agricultural Extension Service (SHAHAM), Plants Council, chairpersons of agricultural committees and sector coordinators. The role of this directory is to define the main objectives and the annual budget for the R&D activities. The current activity is governed by an Administrative R&D Director, together with a Scientific Director nominated by the ARO, whose aim is to initiate, manage and promote research in the organization and to encourage researchers and other institutions to carry out research and collaborate on programs to support the regional agriculture and farmers. The R&D includes seven sector centers: vegetables, ornamentals, plant-protection, orchards, organic agriculture, fishery, and produce quality. Each sector coordinator acts as the chairperson for the committee which is comprised of farmers, extension service staff, and researchers, who assemble to determine a priority scale for the major issues that will be encountered and solved. The activities are carried out in experimental stations and farmers sites. The emerging knowledge is transferred to the farmers through everyday advisory, end-season meetings, internet newsletters and fliers. In addition, there are occasional open-days, lectures, and trips on various topics.
Contact Info:

M.Sc. Rivka Offenbach
Central and Northern Arava Research and Development (R&D ARAVA), M.P. Arava, Sapir, 86825 Israel
Tel: +972 8 659 2250
Fax: +972 8 658 1235 (PI)


The National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) is a semi–autonomous institution and a leading center for research and extension in Jordan. It houses most agricultural research, projects and extension activities. NCARE is the supportive pillar for agricultural sector to achieve sustainability, protect the environment and achieve food security.

NCARE establishment goes back to the late 1950’s, when the Department of Research and Extension has been created. In 1985, the research activities have been separated from the Department and enrolled under a new research center “The National Center for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer. NCARTT”, and became a semi-autonomous institution in 1993.

In 2007 NCARTT has been reformed to include the extension activities and to become “The National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension, NCARE”. The center receives its core funding from the government. Other direct fund is received from national and international donors to finance the implementation of proposed projects. NCARE consists of a main headquarter in Amman and seven regional centers located in Dair Alla, Ramtha, Mafraq, Mshaggar, Rabba, Tafilleh, and Shobbak. NCARE also operates (13) research stations representing different agro-ecological conditions and (13) extension field units throughout Jordan
NCARE has good relations with many regional and international institutions such as the World Bank (WB) , the European Commission(EU) , United Nation Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), German Technical Corporation (GTZ), International Development Research Center (IDRC), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) , The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AOAD), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Global Environment Facility (GEF), Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), and Agricultural

Contact Info:

Dr. Sireen Naoum
National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), Water Soil and Environment Directorate, POB 639 Baqa', 19381 Jordan
Tel: +962 6 5521 123
Fax: +962 6 4726 099 (PI)


Environmental Protection & Research Institute - EPRI was established in 1989 and registered officially in July 1991 as a non-profit, non-governmental organization and as an independent institute in Gaza Strip. The institute was founded by a group of palestinian scientists, who seek to protect the environment and to serve the public interest by conducting applied research, promoting public awareness and improving utilization of resources. The main goals of EPRI are Research and Development in Environment, Public Health and Agriculture as well as other related fields of interest. Also, to develop environmental planning, strategy, awareness, education, information, monitoring impact assessment, protection and pollution control.
The institute is the only one of its kind and is considered to be the leading Palestinian institution on the environment. As such, the personnel of this institute possess talent and quality that match the standards of the international environment community. EPRI was established to meet the national and international objectives that serve to protect the environment and public health.
EPRI has conducted research projects through international and regional cooperation programs and has carried out several environmental awareness and education programs. Currently, EPRI has several joint research projects with international institutions in the fields of public health, environment and agriculture. EPRI is currently active in applied research and provides services to the community.
EPRI has a founding committee with five members, an executive board of 7 members and also has a consulting committee of 30 palestinian experts in different fields of specialization such as agriculture, public health, environmental health, public awareness, education, management, pesticide chemistry and toxicology, neurotoxicology, pharmacology, microbiology, marine biology, physiology,  biochemistry, organic chemistry, medical virology and technology and other fields.

Contact info:

Prof. Dr. JAMAL M. SAFI Chairman, EPRI
Gaza, POBox 1175
Palestinian National Authority
Tel. +972-8-2822131/2821762, Fax : 08-2823441
E-mail :