From sewage dump to nature reserve, UN hopes to save Gaza Valley

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From sewage dump to nature reserve, UN hopes to save Gaza Valley
In an attempt to save it, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has put together the $66 million project plan, though it has not yet secured the entire funding.
By REUTERS
Published: FEBRUARY 7, 2022

The United Nations is set to begin the restoration of a historic valley in the Palestinian Gaza Strip next month, hoping to transform it from a landfill and sewage dump into a vibrant nature reserve in a planned $66 million project. The Gaza Valley, home to a variety of plants and animals, is one of the largest wetland areas in the territory. It stretches 105 kms (65 miles) from the Israeli Negev desert up to southern Hebron in the West Bank and for nine kms (5.5 miles) across the Gaza Strip to the Mediterranean sea.

But over the past few decades, despite the Palestinians proclaiming the valley a nature reserve in the 1990s, it has become badly polluted. With rubbish piling up and the stench of sewage flowing through it, residents have kept away. In an attempt to save it, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has put together the $66 million project plan, though it has not yet secured the entire funding.

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