Palestinian Chrisitans: Volunteers and donors contribute to natural history and sustainability projects in Palestine

Posted on Sep 1, 2018

by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh

The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem University (BU) continue to make amazing progress thanks to volunteers, donors, staff, funders, and supporters.

We have several major projects including…

  • ones to study and preserve biodiversity in Al-Makhrour Valley while supporting sustainability of local communities surrounding the valley (funded by National Geographic and Darwin Fund)
  • a project to preserve, value, and valorize tangible and intangible Palestinian Cultural Heritage related to nature and agriculture (funded by the British Council partnership with Masar Ibrahim)
  • a project to build and use a community garden and a children playground in a part of our botanical garden (funded by Rotary Club, Equesterian Order and individual donors)
  • a project to educate children about climate change (funded by City of Geneva in cooperation with Zoi International).

We had just concluded three other projects focused on conservation and environmental education/awareness (Dr. Issa Abardiya of EQA and I will travel to Uganda to present results of one of those projects later this month). We are embarking on a mega project of building green buildings for the museum, and we already have funding for part of it from the Munib R. Masri Family Foundation but need much more support for that. A separate fundraising appeal will be issued later this month for that building project. However, you can help us immediately.

We can do much, much more and much, much faster with your support. To help us in any way you can:

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