Dr. Walid Pasha Participates in Drafting the First National CBD Report for Palestine
Dr. Walid Pasha, staff member at An-Najah University's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences participated in the Preparation of the State of Palestine Fifth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Dr. Pasha participated in the final workshop on drafting the First National CBD report for Palestine, which was held in Amman over two days during the period from 25-26 October, 2015.
The fifth national report was prepared in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP-ROWA), the World Conservation Union (IUCN-ROWA), and the Environmental authority in Palestine.
The workshop was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), and partners from the Palestinian NGO’s including: Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ), Palestine Wildlife Society (PWLS), Environmental Education Center (EEC), Biodiversity and Environmental Research Center (BERC), and Basha Scientific Center for Research.
The report provides information on the State of Palestine’s nature which enjoys a rich biodiversity, compared to other countries in the region.
Palestine has a distinctive location as well as a special topography, and history such as Great Rift Valley, and bird’s migrations etc. It contains five bio - geographical zones (Ecosystems) which associated with their climate and biodiversity (Central Highlands - Semi -Coastal Region - Eastern Slopes - Jordan Rift Valley - Gaza Strip), in addition to four phytogeographical regions (Mediterranean - Irano -Turanian - Saharo -Arabian - Sudanese/Ethiopian).
The Fifth National Report was coordinated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - Regional Office for West Asia (IUCN – ROWA), Amman, Jordan.
The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP-ROWA), and the World Conservation Union (IUCN-ROWA), provided financial, and technical support to the development of this National Report on Biodiversity.