Middle East Program


New Publication:
The Case for Support


Mideast participants on stairs
QLF Fellows and staff sitat the amphitheater of Kourion in Cyprus (2002). Photograph by Larry Morris

As both a United States and Canadian organization, the Quebec-Labrador Foundation Atlantic Center for the Environment is international by nature. For 16 years, we have worked in partnership with local NGOs in the Middle East. This International Program draws on our experience in the Atlantic Region (New England and eastern Canada), our staff's in-country experience and a broad, information network of partner organizations.

The Middle East Program seeks out dynamic and motivated individuals in whom to invest and provides them with enabling tools to become leaders in their fields and in their communities.  We build their capacity to manage organizations, supply them with information, skills and new techniques, establish them in professional networks, and provide them with leadership development experiences.

The Middle East Program aims to contribute to bioregional, natural resource conservation, cultural heritage preservation, and peace-building efforts in the Middle East. We accomplish this by fostering environmental leadership and mutual understanding among conservation leaders.

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Field researcher, Talal Bani Owdeh, banding a Dead Sea Sparrow (Passer maobiticus), Palestine Wildlife Society Field Station, Jericho, West bank. Photograph by Larry Morris

The program has developed an integrated program of mutually reinforcing methods for training, technical assistance, professional exchange and community-based planning projects.  Over the years, the program has built a cadre of more than 120 conservation professionals from Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, and North America, who are working across geo-political borders with environmental solutions for the long term in natural resource stewardship.  We hope to nurture reconciliation across a long-standing conflict and create partnerships with organizations, individuals, and governmental agencies in the region.