The Bedouin Community

Environmental Sustainability in the Bedouin Community
 
The environment is a common denominator for all inhabitants in all sectors in the Negev and in essence for our continuing existence in the desert. Or this purpose we have approached the Bedouin community and have received a warm welcome. With our Bedouin colleagues we have developed this project is whose purpose is to encourage interest, need and desire to improve the environment within the Bedouin community and therefore, to act in their own interest by improving their image and to enable the Bedouin people to live in surroundings that are esthetic, becoming and clean for all its citizens.
 
The emphasis is on joint cooperative effort through empowerment and exposure to environmental issues with dialogue, education for the residents: Municipal employees, children, young people, along with problematic sectors, such as children-at-risk and drug addicts.
Bedouin communities participating in the Project: From 2007 Hura, Kesifa and Tel-Sheva. From 2008, Rahat (the largest Bedouin city in the Negev).
Purpose of the Project:
 
a.      Establishing viable and realistic local policy from the reference point of community, economic, and environmental considerations. This policy is based on involvement and participation of the community in education, social activity, planning and implementation, in relationship to the natural and cultural resources of the region.
b.      Awareness of environmental topics as part of an everyday life, introducing and promoting environmental improvement and concerns within the educational institutions and the community.
c.      Dealing with the existing environmental dangers and damage within the community and the surrounding areas in order to promote healthy, environmentally sound practices and a safe environment.
d.      Developing a strategic community program for the long run with the emphasis on intelligent use of natural resources.
The project is to be planned over a period of at least five years. (Activities in the above mentioned communities began in 2007 for Hura, Kesifa and Tel-Sheva and in 2008 for Rahat.)
Project activities include:
 
1.      Environmental survey to pinpoint and map environmental problems and topics needing treatment and for preparing an operational working plan to alleviate these problems and repair the damage and their ramifications in respect to the unique character of each community.
2.      Recruitment and training of an integrated staff for preparation of a strategic plan covering all aspects for a period of at least five years.
3.      Guidance for the process of receiving the certificate ISO 14001 – Environmental Management from the Standard Institution of Israel.
4.      Survey of each school in order to introduce structured curriculum on the environmental topics into the regular curriculum of the school.
5.      Joint meetings of the steering community, with the head of the local council, heads of the Departments: Education, Community Welfare, Infrastructure and Municipal Improvement.
6.      Meetings with residents with public positions in the city, interested in taking part in the process.
7.       Meetings with school principals in order to develop activities suitable to the school's character and what is possible to do with the school yards and constructing a school program, including in-service training and regulations for school staff.
8.      Courses for city employees and community activists.
9.      Courses for women's empowerment, focusing on the environment.
10.Environment Activities at community centers, such as after-school clubs for children, young people and adults.
11.Establishment of neighborhood committees for activists and for community activities, such as street cleaning, renovations, community gardening, community gardening, playground equipment.
 
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עמותת נגב בר קיימא
"נגב בר-קיימא" היא עמותה רשומה, שהוקמה בשנת 1998 מתוך הצורך בגיבוש עקרונות לתכנון ולפיתוח בר-קיימא בנגב ויישומם, דרך השפעה על מקבלי ההחלטות והציבור כולו.
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