Project Partners: IPCRI, Palestine/Israel
IPCRI will contribute a case study of the Alexander River, spanning the West Bank and Israeli territory, and contribute their experience in institutional issues across the work packages.
The Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information(IPCRI) was established in 1989 as a joint Israeli/Palestinian initiative based in Jerusalem. It is an NGO devoted to creating better relations between Israelis and Palestinians and more specifically to the promotion of dialogue over issues which have to be resolved if there is to be a final settlement of the on-going conflict between the two peoples. Its work has focused on economic co-operation, security, the future of Jerusalem, peace education, and environment and water. IPCRI has a small permanent staff but draws into its various projects hundreds of professional and experts from a wide variety of disciplines. Its funding comes largely from the international community (including both national and international organizations such as the World Bank and the European Union) and from private foundations in North America concerned for the peace of the region. It has both an Israeli director (Gershon Baskin) and a Palestinian counterpart (Zakaria al Qaq) and seeks to find common ground between the two communities in all aspects of its work.
Dr. Baskin holds a Doctorate in International Affairs, Greenwich University, USA (1993); a MA in International Affairs, Greenwich University, USA(1991); and a BA in Politics and History of Middle East, New York University (1978). He was Director of the Institution for education in Jewish-Arab co-existence - an official initiative of the Israeli Ministry of Education (1981 to 1988); author of numerous articles on aspects of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (including water issues).
Dr. Zakaria al-Qaq is Joint Director, IPCRI. He obtained his PhD from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland(1988); Diploma in mass communication, University of Cairo 1978; BA in English Literature, University of Kuwait(1976). From 1979 to 1993 he was Journalist/Editor at the Kuwait Times, an English language newspaper published in Kuwait. Dr. al-Qaq is directing a large range of research, dialogue and publication projects. Responsibilities include staff management, financial oversight, and fundraising. Academically responsible for the work of IPCRI on security concerns (including water related issues). Much of the work relates to contacts at senior level with significant Palestinian representatives of government, academics, NGO representatives, and professionals.
Robin Twite is the Director, Environment and Water Program, Israel Palestine Center for Reseach
and Information (IPCRI) since 1996.
Previously, he was a career official in the British Council serving in Israel, India, Portugal and Ethiopia.
Responsible at various times for the administration of a 60 million dollar aid program in Eastern India and
for the British Council's world wide library and information network.
Nir Becker, Ph.D. serves as the Head of the Department of Economics and Management at Tel Hai College and senior research fellow at the Natural Resources and Environmental Research Center at the University of Haifa.
Dr. Becker specializes in Environmental and Water Economics. His interest in water economics is within the area of optimal allocation of water resources and conflict resolution from an economic perspective. He has published papers in this area both on theoretical ground as well as applied research. His applied research dealt with the Great lakes and the Middle East water conflict. In his research, he utilises concepts as optimisation techniques, game theory and valuation methods. He has been actively involved in cooperative projects designed to further Israeli/Palestinian cooperation a variety of different contexts.
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