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Environmental Awareness Lectures for Schools

Palestine Society for Environment and Sustainable Development held educational awareness lectures and hikes for the "ecology clubs" in Bethlehem, Jericho and the Northern Jordan Valley as part of a series of raising awareness programs.

This was implemented in cooperation with the Environmental Quality Authority and with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation through the Mahmiyat project.

The lectures, given by the Executive Director of the Society, Mr. Saed Al Shomaly, were regarding biodiversity and the importance of protecting nature and its various components. Furthermore, a detailed explanation was given on how to use the Mahmiyat.ps website and how to benefit from environmental information in it. The lectures, which targeted over 250 students, included for example introduction to the agricultural importance of the Barn owl in the Jordan Valley.

Field trips were also implemented in the project such as a hike of 7-km in Jerusalem Wilderness and Mar Saba Monastery (one of the oldest monasteries in the world). The ecology club supervisor, Mr. Amer Mosleh, and the director of the outreach department at the Environmental Authority, Ms. Naama Kanaan were participating as well.