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Can Collaboration on Environmental Issues Contribute to Peacebuilding in the Middle East?

This August, students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University will travel through the Middle East to learn about the environmental challenges facing communities in Jordan and Israel.

by |August 4, 2017
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Environmental Peace-Building in the Middle East

The next part of our tour provided an excellent example of the challenges people working toward environmental peace-building in Israel, Jordan and Palestine face: a site that we were unable to visit.

by |June 24, 2016
In East Jerusalem, neighborhoods like this are largely unplanned. Both road construction and housing construction is unpermitted and thus not eligible to receive municipal services.  Photo: Alejandra Pérez-Plá

Land and Conflict in East Jerusalem: the Role of Urban Planning

Without an urban civil culture, it is impossible to promote political and economic participation, and a non-unified Jerusalem will remain.

by |June 22, 2016
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Crossing Boundaries for the Environment

It is not the concept of a borderless nature that should serve as a model to facilitate cross-border dialogue and cooperation. Rather, it is that nature’s systems are interconnected and their borders are open to exchange.

by |June 21, 2016
Students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University touring the grounds of the Al Baqoura Peace Park with representatives of Eco Peace. Photo: Josh Fisher

In an Environmental and Political Conflict Zone, Hope for Peace

The Middle East is the only place on earth where the neighbors are so close and so far at the same time.

by |June 14, 2016
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How to Wrap Your Head Around Dead Sea Rehabilitation

The Dead Sea has been receding at an average rate of 1 meter per year. How can this important historic, cultural and environmental landmark be rehabilitated in one of the world’s driest regions while improving water access for Israel, Palestine and Jordan?

by |June 13, 2016
At the Jordan-Israel border.

Students Travel to the Middle East

Students from Columbia University and Tel Aviv University are traveling through Jordan and Israel to learn about environmental challenges facing the two countries. They’ll be posting here about their experiences. You can also follow them on social media at #CUJordanIsrael2016.

by |May 25, 2016
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Professor Jeffrey Sachs Extends Term as Director of the Earth Institute

The Earth Institute, Columbia University announced that Professor Jeffrey Sachs has agreed to extend his term as its director. Since his tenure began in 2002, Sachs has led the Earth Institute to become a leading scientific authority on sustainable development while simultaneously expanding its reach worldwide. Through his guidance, the Earth Institute and its scientists and researchers have consistently been at the forefront of efforts to help solve some the greatest challenges our world faces today in climate change, global poverty, energy, health, food and water security, natural hazards and economic crises.

by |April 28, 2011
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Model District Health Project Aims to Reach 600 Million in India

The country’s first model district health project has been launched in the Morigaon district of Assam.

by |September 29, 2010
Mrs. Rajashree Birla, U.S. Consul General Paul Folmsbee and Dr. Nirupam Bajpai at the September ribbon cutting ceremony

Columbia Global Center | South Asia Opens its Doors in Mumbai

On September 13, 2010 the Columbia Global Center | South Asia, a newly launched Columbia Global Center, officially inaugurated offices in Mumbai. Dr. Nirupam Bajpai, the Center’s Director and a Senior Development Advisor at the Earth Institute, was joined by Mrs. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson of the Aditya Birla Foundation, Paul Folmsbee, US Consul General in Mumbai, prominent Aditya Birla group officials, Columbia University alumni, and the Model Districts health team. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of Columbia’s Earth Institute, joined via web camera from New York. The inauguration included a ribbon cutting, a traditional Indian Puja ceremony, and welcoming remarks from Dr. Bajpai, Mrs. Birla, Mr. Folmsbee, and Dr. Sachs.

by |September 24, 2010