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New Ideas in Environmental Peacebuilding

Gidon Bromberg, cofounder of EcoPeace Middle East, shared how the organization uses water as a tool for building peace between Palestinians, Israelis, and Jordanians. The discussion over breakfast with students and guests of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) emphasized that peacebuilding's impact is maximized when it is framed in interdisciplinary ways. With its bottom-up and top-down approaches, Bromberg explained how EcoPeace's environmental peacebuilding work draws on the language and tools of the security, human rights, and economic development sectors to address structural roots of conflict in the region. Students and guests gained insight into how long-term and locally led peacebuilding initiatives, which create new shared identities and a healthy interdependence, can contribute to the conditions for sustainable peace.