Biodiversity Conservation and Community Development in Al-Makhrour Valley in Bethlehem, Palestine
Dr Mazin Qumsiyeh
Host Country Institutions:
British and Palestinian collaboration to conserve biodiversity in Al-Makhrour Valley of Bethlehem (Palestine) benefitting the local communities through sustainable use of ecosystem services, including (a) promoting agriculture/green practices, (b) developing ecotourism, and (c) reducing human impact via environmental awareness and education programs while promoting sustainable lifestyles. Project outputs delivered will focus on biodiversity conservation, traditional farming reviving, eco-tourism enhancement, and capacity building. All activities will be supported with project committees’ consultation, gender inclusion, media coverage, and evaluation. By 2021, the Palestinian communities’ accessed benefits through valuation/conservation of their ecosystems, reviving traditional farming, and enhancing ecotourism activities at Al-Makhrour valley where at least 344 households will directly benefit.