Achievements 2015/2016

Achievements 2015/2016

Research: Over 20 research publication in the first two years of operations and most of them in 2016. You can see the titles and download directly many of them, see: research

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Produced two high quality videos relating to our work: one directed towards volunteers (Arabic and English https://youtu.be/APxvAZh8qrQ) and one more general to get support (English https://youtu.be/BPhFLOsEIM0, Arabic https://youtu.be/uMQ9Rs85CjQ , French https://youtu.be/vgezJBikuDI )

We produced a brochure for the museum and a booklet on birds of Palestine.

We contributed several articles to a special issue of This Week in Palestine magazine with the theme “Animals in Palestine” receiving high publicity.

Dr. Qumsiyeh published over a dozen articles on issues relating to Palestine and the Environment. Examples:

Qumsiyeh, Mazin 2015. People’s Resistance in Palestine. Review of “Popular Protest in Palestine: The uncertain future of unarmed resistance” by Marwan Darweish and Andrew Rigby, Pluto Press, London. Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies. 14.2 (2015): 227–234.

Qumsiyeh, Mazin. Forward to the German edition of Simha Flapan’s “Birth of Israel: Myths and Realities”. Zambon Verlag, Frankfurt/Main, 2015

Qumsiyeh, MB. 2016. Arab-American Activism for Palestine. Chapter in Proceedings of Conference on the Palestinian Diaspora held August 2015 in Bethlehem. Published by Diyar Consortium and Dar AnNadwa. in Press 2016.

Conferences and workshops organized

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-Workshop on Soap making and Recycling glass 10 September 2016
-Workshop on GIS systems 14 July 2016
-Workshop on Water and natural resource management 2 April 2016
-Peacebuilding in the Holy Land: Strategizing Our Popular Resistance, Bethlehem, Palestine 4-7 November 2015
-Workshop on Making Scorpions Using Recycled Wires 14 July 2015
-Workshop on Water Innovation and Project Development 15 June 2015
-Workshop on Peace Gardens and Trauma Relief 24 May 2015
-Workshop on Need for Museum in Palestine 23 April 2015
-Workshop on Beekeeping April 2015
-Workshop on Mushrooms 24 March 2015
-Workshop on Geology and Paleontology 31 March 2015
-Environmental Quality Authority and school students’ environment day at the museum. 30 March 2015
-Workshop on Cancer 3 March 2015
-Workshop on Research Methodology and Ethics 27 January 2015
-Workshop on Taxidermy December 2014

Grants/contracts

September 2016-April 2017. Empowering Youth in Environmental Stewardship. American Consulate General in Jerusalem.

September 2016-February 2017. Models of sustainability at Bethlehem University. Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI).

June-August 2016. Environmental Conservation and protected areas in Palestine: Challenges and Opportunities. The Hanns Seidel Foundation (Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung), Report available xii+159 pp.

June 2016 Culture of Resistance grant for workshops on Sumud and sustainable living.

December 2015 French Consulate General in Jerusalem (Consulat General de France à Jerusalem).

2015-2016 TELECANTHUS and Masar Ibrahim for developing panels for the ecotourism path that stretches from northern areas of the West Bank to the south.

2015-2016 ERASMUS mobility grant Sienna University in Italy with us at Bethlehem University for exchange of Scholars.

2015 Palestinian American Research Council (PARC) funding for exchange between Museum fur Naturkunde, Berlin and the Palestine Museum of Natural History.

2015 Telemachus Foundation To Empower The Poor And End War (pilot project for biodiversity/permaculture in Jordan Valley)

2015/2016 Many individual donations.

2015/2016 Many donations in-kind including portable water filtration system from Japan, aquaponics set-up from GIZ, books, binoculars, specimens, etc.

Most significant successes

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1) Published several research papers (on things ranging from environmental health to biodiversity to museology, to reptiles, to butterflies, and more)

2) Initiated a botanical garden with an integrated water and land ecosystem

3) Started permaculture including beekeeping and aquaponics systems (production, research, and knowledge transfer)

4) Started an educational program including hosting science festivals that benefited hundreds of school students

5) Hosted hundreds of local and international visitors who gained knowledge of local challenges and opportunities

6) Built partnerships with local and global governmental and non-governmental entities resulting in benefit to environment and sustainability

7) Developed databases and other resources including collections, photo library, digital library, local biodiversity database, and a seed bank. We now have an integrated system for research, education, and conservation to address areas in need in Palestine,

8) Developed an Environmental Impact Assessment Unit.

9) Became a magnet for students from several universities in Palestine

Most significant challenges

Getting overwhelmed (too many projects, few resources and individuals)

Organizational: Implementation difficulties and projects and activities taking more time than anticipated, not matching our resources with our needs and growth, too fast growth or two slow growth not matching Human Resources and “reality” of our own human limitations

Matching growth in need and demand reliable sources of funding AND to growth of human resources.

Maintaining and enhancing university administration support

2016-2017 goals

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  1. Environmental Education: We have two funded projects for school outreach plus a small funded project for workshops, develop educational modules etc.
  2. Environmental Conservation: Expand our consultancies on environmental and biodiversity issues,
  3. Double our research output
  4. Build Capacity: Doubling our volunteer and employee base and better training of all staff and volunteers
  5. Develop exhibit areas and have opening by early spring 2017
  6. Find funding and plan green museum building

Achievements First Year

First Annual Report

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Background
According to survey that Qumsiyeh and Isaac did for UNESCO and the Ministry of Higher Education in 2012, Research & Development in Palestine suffers from significant obstacles but has certain potentials and possibilities for improvement. Particularly deficient R&D areas include biodiversity, agriculture, and healthcare (including environmental issues affecting human health). We need research, we need education, and we need active intervention to conserve our nature and to for sustainable development. The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and the Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) were established at Bethlehem University to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world and our Palestinian culture and heritage, and to use this knowledge to promote responsible, empowered human interactions with all components of our environment

The university provided us initially 12 dunums of land and 800 square meters of indoor space and $45000 for infrastructure improvements. Professor and Mrs. Qumsiyeh donated $250,000 to be delivered over 4 years (2014-2018). Much was accomplished including refurbishing and remodeling existing rooms and structuring landscape. We have also built a pool and an aviary. We spent on some projects like the science festival that accommodated hundreds of school children to do experiments (20-29 November 2014). We also did and continue to do significant biodiversity research and documentation of Palestinian fauna and flora as well as human impact on the environment. The initial finances also allowed us to begin to do permaculture systems on site. Much more remains to be done. We have dozens of volunteers but we have substantial financial needs required to go to the next levels in the many existing projects and new projects.

Vision: Our vision is to arrive at an informed and involved society living in healthy sustainable environment that is safe for all living things

Mission: Our mission is to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world and our Palestinian culture and heritage, and to use this knowledge to promote responsible, empowered human interactions with all components of our environment.

Accomplishments 

1) Started and developed the museum (PMNH) so that it is now a functioning institution and involved in research, education and conservation. We received visitors including students, researchers, volunteers, and community members. We have now two employees one for the botanical garden (Mohammad Najahreh)  and one research zoologist (Elias Handal). The (volunteer) director Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh taught and did research for many years at institutions including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, University of Tennessee, Duke University, and Yale University. Since returning to Palestine in 2008 he has engaged in teaching, service, and research at Birzeit University, Al-Quds University, and Bethlehem University. The volunteer financial and administrative officer (Jessie Change) is certified public accountant. Dozens of other volunteers work at the museum.

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2) Held a science festival that brought hundreds of school children and volunteers together for activities such as experiments and discussions on topics ranging from critical thinking to physics to environmental protection.

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3) Published significant research with high impact . Examples include “Decline in Vertebrate Biodiversity of Bethlehem,” “Genotoxic effects of Israeli Industrial settlements”, fauna (biodiversity) in the Wadi Al-Quf area the first Palestinian-administered protected area, two research papers on scorpions, one on amphibians, and one on butterflies.  We had also established a research and service clinical cytogenetics lab for cancers, infertility, and congenital birth defects. Currently we have ongoing research projects by master’s-degree students, undergraduate students, and volunteers, on various topics including ethnology; early education; biodiversity of arachnids, grasshoppers, snails, bats, and other animals; genotoxic effects of computer recycling in Idhna; effect of the apartheid wall on water and other natural resources;  study of medicinal plants; research on best educational methods for reaching school children with ideas of environmentalism and self-empowerment (such as critical thinking, questioning attitude, etc), and much more.
4) Worked intensely on our land site to both reclaim and create an integrated ecosystem of endogenous Palestinian animals and plants, in an attractive setting. We also began to develop permaculture and aquaculture.

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5) Held over a dozen workshops including on such areas as Scorpions (14 July 2015),  water innovation and project development (15 June 2015), Peace Gardens and Trauma Relief (24 May 2015), Museums in Palestine (23 April 2015), bee keeping (April 2015),  Mushrooms (24 March 2015),  geology and paleontology (31 March 2015), environment day at the museum (30 March 2015), Cancer (3 March 2015), Research Methodology and Ethics (27 January 2015), Taxidermy (December 2014).
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6) Began to rehabilitate some injured and abandoned animals, mostly wild.

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7) Began recycling and upcycling waste material.

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8) Expanded our digital library for fauna and flora.
9) Expanded our digital photo collection.

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10) Undertook partnership with many organizations and government entities. For example: involved in preparing the 2015 national report on biodiversity in compliance with the Convention on Biologic Biodiversity (in cooperation with Environmental Quality Authority); with ministry of Agriculture for Also traveled to Europe and developed good working relationships with universities, individual scientists, and others planning student and faculty exchanges etc.
11) Raised some needed funds for work projects. Individual donations (mostly from Palestinians) for the first year was >$25,000. We also got two contracts for specific consulting work.
12) Carried out over 50 field trips in various parts of Palestine.  Over forty volunteers have worked at the Museum in various capacities such as agriculture, education, research, and conservation.
13) Media and Publicity: Developed a webpage (palestinenature.org), a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and published several articles about the Museum in major magazines such as “This Week in Palestine,” and in books such as Museums in Palestine. We were featured in several articles and we commissioned a film for encouraging volunteerism for the museum.

Botanical Garden plan 
Site map of the facilities and gardens as they exist today
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We have 12 dunums (some 4 acres) of land that we rehabilitated the area not merely a botanical garden in the classic sense but an integrated ecosystem. This means having the land productive for all living things and an oasis of tranquility and model of human coexistence in harmony with nature. Already the garden has crabs, 17 species of butterflies, many species of water and land snails, four species of dragon flies, three species of frogs, three fish species, over 30 species of birds, mammals (from small mice, shrews, and bats up to a fox family), and many species of reptiles. In terms of plants both aquatic and terrestrial species are found including rare orchids and even the star of Bethlehem (endangered).

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Star of Bethlehem

The pool that harvests rain water is used for both a wetland system (fish, dragonflies, frogs, aquatic plants) and as a nitrogen rich sources of water for plants in the summer. We already started bee keeping and use that as an educational system on importance of bees and other insects. We planted endogenous Palestinian trees in the garden successfully (over 10 species) and these will soon serve as educational center for agroforestry.

Our five goals for the second year of operation (academic year 2015/16)  are:
a) publish five research papers,
b) do five educational workshops,
c) develop five interactive exhibit areas (three indoors, two outdoors),
d) add five partners (governmental or non-governmental),
e) study five Palestinian geographic locations intensively.

Partnerships/collaborations
The Museum now provides direct linkage and collaboration with Bethlehem University’s Cytogenetics Laboratory which was established by Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh. We also work closely with the M.S. program in biotechnology (Polytechnic and Bethlehem Univesrities) and the Biology Department at Bethlehem University and the new M.S. program in Environmental Science at Birzeit University. We have international collaborations with the Jordan University of Science and Technology (Irbid, Prof. Zuhair Amr), Berlin Museum Fur Naturkunde, Senckenberg Museum, Vienna MNH, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (Amman, Jordan), Museum of Natural Sciences (Brussels), Jeunes Palestiniens en Chemin, Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York), and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC).  Locally, we have collaborative arrangements with the Palestinian Museum currently being built on the campus of Birzeit University, with the Palestine Center for Rapprochement Between People, with the A.M. Qattan Foundation (focused on education), Al-Rowwad Center in Aida Refugee Camp, and with local schools and other non-governmental organizations. These partnerships center on education for empowerment, including sustainable living and environmental work. Additional partnerships are being sought in order to increase our activities in other high-priority areas, particularly behavioral changes needed in society for a sustainable world.

Education and conservation through increased respect:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN 1948) states: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Various other international conventions have been promulgated to protect the environment and ensure sustainability of natural resources. We believe the key to this process lies in human capacity; hence our goal to increase respect:  a) for ourselves (self-empowerment), b) for our fellow human beings, regardless of background, and c) for all living creatures and our shared earth. PMNH has embarked on an ambitious program not only to research and document nature around us but also to conserve and educate in the spirit of humanity living as part of an integrated balanced ecosystem. We have engaged in education at all levels in Palestinian society: elementary schools, secondary schools, undergraduate colleges, graduate schools, and the public at large. We consider our task as coaches to be facilitation of active learning—rather than “teaching” or “lecturing.”  We believe in the Chinese proverb “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”
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Much more can be done in our second year with your help: email us info@palestinenature.org

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      عقد الديوان الثقافي الساحوري مساء يوم الخميس الموافق 26 آذار 2015 ندوة ثقافية حول رؤية مستقبلية لمدينة بيت ساحور اشترك فيها الدكتور جاد إسحاق مدير معهد الأبحاث التطبيقية أريج، والأستاذ الدكتور مازن قمصيه مدير ومؤسس متحف التاريخ الطبيعي في جامعة بيت لحم والمهندسة حنان منولي مديرة قسم الهندسة والمشاريع في بلدية بيت ساحور وأدار الندوة السيد هاني اندراوس. وحضر هذه الندوة التي عقدت فيدار دكرت- مركز لقاء للمجتمع المدني- جمهور مميز من سكان المدينة.

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افتتح السيد هاني اندراوس الندوة بتقديم نبذة عن نشأة الديوان الثقافي الذي أصبح مقعدا لمناقشة قضايا المجتمع المحلي، ثم قدم الدكتور قسطندي شوملي الذي قام بتقديم عرض مصور في بداية الندوة عن مدينة بيت ساحور، تناول جوانب الحياة التاريخية والدينية والثقافية الاقتصادية والسياحية فيها، ثم قام بتقديم الدكتور جاد إسحاق الذي قدم عرضا هاما حول أهم المشاكل التي تواجه المدينة، وركز بصورة خاصة على عدم وجود مصادقة على الخطة الهيكلية للمدينة حتى الآن، وثم تناول الجوانب البيئية في المدينة مثل النفايات والمياه العادمة وأهمية تكريرها وإعادة استخدامها، ومشكلة مياه الأمطار والحيوانات الضالة، والنقص في مساحات الأراضي المتوفرة في المستقبل للأجيال القادمة، وأثر ذلك على حياة الشباب والهجرة.  ثم تناول ملف الأراضي التي مصادرتها وضمها إلى مدينة القدس وأهمية تفعيل هذا الملف المهل من قبل أصحاب هذه الأراضي. وتناول الدكتور مازن قمصيه في عرضة أهمية التعاون المشترك بين المؤسسات المختلفة الموجودة في المدينة والتي يتجاوز عددها أربعين مؤسسة، وأشار إلى أن إمكانية كبيرة متنوعة موجودة في بيت ساحور ولكنها تحتاج إلى العمل معا من أجل تفعيل دورها في المجتمع، وتحدث عن إمكانية استخدام الكثير من المخلفات المهدرة في تنمية الزراعة والمحافظة على البيئة. كما تحدث عن الدور الذي يقوم به في متحف التاريخ الطبيعي في خلق توعية مجتمعية بأهمية البيئة الحيوية وتنوعها وخصوصا لدى الأطفال. وتحدثت المهندسة حنان منولي جوانب الحياة اليومية التي يعاني منها المواطن والتي تعود في الدرجة الأولى إلى وجود ديون ضخمة لدى المواطنين لعدم سداد الرسوم المترتبة عليهم، إضافة إلى وجود مستحقات كبيرة لدى وزارة المالية تحول دون تقديم كل الخدمات المطلوبة. وأشارت إلى العبث الذي يقوم به البعض في المدينة مثل حرق حاويات النفايات التي توضع لخدمة المواطنين في المدينة. وتناولت موضوع تفعيل السياحة في مدينة بيت ساحور والعوامل التي تحول تحقيق ذلك، وأهمية العمل على المحافظة على مدينة بيت ساحور مدينة نظيفة وذكية، وركزت بصورة خاصة على أهمية التعاون بين المؤسسات في المدينة في دعم المشاريع المختلفة والتنسيق بينها.

وقد شارك في النقاش عدد كبير من الحضور في هذه الندوة، فقد أشار السيد مكرم قمصيه على أهمية وجود قيادة سياسية في المدينة تعمل على تفعيل الإمكانيات المتوفرة، والعمل على اختيار عدد من المشاريع الحيوية الهامة والعاجلة للمدينة والتعاون من اجل تنفيذ الممكن منها، كما أشارت كل من السيدات روز شوملي وجانيت برهم ورولا خير على أهمية خلق مفهوم المواطنة لدى أبناء المدينة وبصورة خاصة لدى الجيل الجديد. كما تناول النقاش العديد من القضايا الأخرى التي تحتاج إلى المزيد من الندوات لمعالجتها. وتم الإعلان في نهاية الندوة عن موضوع الندوة القادمة للديوان والتي ستكون بعنوان “الكتاب والأيباد والأيفون: والآثار الاجتماعية والاقتصادية لوسائل التواصل الاجتماعي”.

للمشاركة في ندوات الديوان الثقافي الساحوري يمكن إرسال عنوان بريدك الإلكتروني إلى addiwan2015@gmail.com  لكي تصلك الدعوات عند الإعلان عن الندوات، أو يمكن النظر إلى صفحة الديوان على الفيسبوك بعنوان: الديوان الثقافي الساحوريBeit Sahour Cultural Divan

Happenings rest of march

Palestine Museum of Natural History happenings rest of the month (one week)

Monday 23 March Work at the museum including on three research projects and volunteers in the garden
Tuesday 24 March 3 PM Training on fungi (mushrooms and more) by two colleagues from Canada
Wednesday 25 March Wadi Fukin Science Festival and Two staff members to Ramallah to talk and lead workshop on “composting”
Thursday 26 March 1 PM visit by a Swedish group; 5 PM talk by Prof Qumsiyeh about future of Beit Sahour
Friday 27 March All day hike and tour of Al-Makhrour area
Saturday28 March: Dr. Qumsiyeh speaks about the environmental nakba in Haifa
Monday 30 March 8:30 AM – 2 PM Environmental Quality Authority and school students environment day at the museum
Tuesday 31 March 3 PM Science Café at the Museum. Topic: “Geology and Paleontology of Palestine”

Details below Or email info@palestinenature.org

Invitation to Workshop on Introduction to Fungi: Tools for decolonization
Tuesday 24 March 2015 3 – 6 PM at the Palestine Museum of Natural History in Mar Andrea (palestinenature.org)
In this workshop, two mushroom enthusiasts will be talking about fungi and how they can be used in the process to achieve self-sufficiency and resilience. The discussions following the presentation will focus on mycology and permaculture as a means of non-violent resistance in a context of military occupation, land theft, limited resources, and continuous environmental degradation.
The subjects covered during the presentation will include:
–          The history and biology of fungi
–          Methods of cultivation
–          Nutritional and medicinal uses
–          Uses and applications of fungi
Tea, coffee and snacks will be served, everyone is welcome!

دعوة عامة
ندعوكم للاشتراك في ورشة عمل بعنوان “مقدمة عن الفطر: أدوات إزالة الاستعمار” يوم الثلاثاء ال24 من آذار من الساعة الثالثة وحتى الخامسة في المتحف الفلسطيني  للتاريخ الطبيعي في مار اندريا التابع لجامعة بيت لحم.
في هذه الورشة، شخصان مهتمان بالفطر يتحدثان عن الفطر وكيف يستعمل في عملية الاكتفاء الذاتي. سيكون هناك عرض عن الموضوع يركزان فيه على دراسة الفطر وزراعته كجزء من المقاومة اللاعنفية والاكتفاء الذاتي في ظل الاحتلال العسكري وسرقة الأراضي وتحديد المصادر واستمرار التدمير البيئي.
المواضيع التي ستناقش خلال العرض تتضمن:
–          – التاريخ وعلم الاحياء الخاصة بالفطر
–          –  طرق الزراعة
–          – الاستعمالات الخاصة بالتغذية والطب
–          – استعمالات أخرى للفطر

سنقدم القهوة والشاي… الكل مدعوة. تفضلوا

Goals 2015

In our volunteer meeting Monday for the Palestine Museum of Natural
History, we reviewed and updated accomplishments (13 listed below) and
we identified 5 goals for 2015

Five goals for 2015
1) Submit 5 research papers for peer reviewed publications
2) Carry out intensive studies of 5 areas resulting in significant contribution to fauna and flora (including Jordan Valley, Wadi Makhrour and three others selected for environmental threats especially from Israeli colonization activities). This involves carrying out >50 field trips to those and other areas nearby.
3) Do 5 training workshops (e.g. on geology and paleontology, butterflies of Palestine etc)
4) Complete 5 interactive exhibits in our exhibit hall
5) Get support from 5 new organizations/institutions and from 50 new individuals.

Achievements 2014

Achievements since launching in June 2014

1) Developed the museum from nothing (a new museum) in many areas from
furnishing to organization so that it is now an actual functioning
institution

2) Science festival that brought hundreds of school children and volunteers together for activities like experiments and discussions on things ranging from critical thinking to physics to environmental protection.

3) Published significant research on Biodiversity and initiated several new projects of research (some involving molecular and cytogenetic techniques). (e.g. Decline in Vertebrate Biodiversity of Bethlehem, a paper on Scorpion Nebo, a paper on Amphibians).

4) Worked hard on our land site to create and reclaim an integrated ecosystem of endogenous Palestinian animals and plants.

5) We began to rehabilitate some injured and abandoned wild animals.

6) Began to develop permaculture and aquaculture.

7) Began recycling and upcycling waste material.

8) Expanded our digital library for fauna and flora.

9) Expanded our digital photo collection

10) Building partnership with many organizations and government entities (e.g. Qattan, Min of Agriculture, Environmental Quality Authority). Traveled to Europe and developed good working
relationships with dozens of facilities and scientists and others.

11) Raised some needed funds (all from individual donations and most from Palestinians).

12) Developed a webpage (palestinenature.org), a facebook page, and a tweitter account and published several articles about the museum in major magazines (like “This Week in Palestine”) and books (like “Museums in Palestine”).

13) Carried out over 50 field trips in various parts of Palestine and over 40 volunteers worked at the museum in various capacities from agriculture to education to research to conservation.

Achievements 2014

Achievements since launching in June 2014

1) Developed the museum from nothing (a new museum) in many areas from
furnishing to organization so that it is now an actual functioning
institution

2) Science festival that brought hundreds of school children and volunteers together for activities like experiments and discussions on things ranging from critical thinking to physics to environmental protection.

3) Published significant research on Biodiversity and initiated several new projects of research (some involving molecular and cytogenetic techniques). (e.g. Decline in Vertebrate Biodiversity of Bethlehem, a paper on Scorpion Nebo, a paper on Amphibians).

4) Worked hard on our land site to create and reclaim an integrated ecosystem of endogenous Palestinian animals and plants.

5) We began to rehabilitate some injured and abandoned wild animals.

6) Began to develop permaculture and aquaculture.

7) Began recycling and upcycling waste material.

8) Expanded our digital library for fauna and flora.

9) Expanded our digital photo collection

10) Building partnership with many organizations and government entities (e.g. Qattan, Min of Agriculture, Environmental Quality Authority). Traveled to Europe and developed good working
relationships with dozens of facilities and scientists and others.

11) Raised some needed funds (all from individual donations and most from Palestinians).

12) Developed a webpage (palestinenature.org), a facebook page, and a tweitter account and published several articles about the museum in major magazines (like “This Week in Palestine”) and books (like “Museums in Palestine”).

13) Carried out over 50 field trips in various parts of Palestine and over 40 volunteers worked at the museum in various capacities from agriculture to education to research to conservation.

Achievements 2014

Achievements since launching in June 2014

1) Developed the museum from nothing (a new museum) in many areas from
furnishing to organization so that it is now an actual functioning
institution

2) Science festival that brought hundreds of school children and volunteers together for activities like experiments and discussions on things ranging from critical thinking to physics to environmental protection.

3) Published significant research on Biodiversity and initiated several new projects of research (some involving molecular and cytogenetic techniques). (e.g. Decline in Vertebrate Biodiversity of Bethlehem, a paper on Scorpion Nebo, a paper on Amphibians).

4) Worked hard on our land site to create and reclaim an integrated ecosystem of endogenous Palestinian animals and plants.

5) We began to rehabilitate some injured and abandoned wild animals.

6) Began to develop permaculture and aquaculture.

7) Began recycling and upcycling waste material.

8) Expanded our digital library for fauna and flora.

9) Expanded our digital photo collection

10) Building partnership with many organizations and government entities (e.g. Qattan, Min of Agriculture, Environmental Quality Authority). Traveled to Europe and developed good working
relationships with dozens of facilities and scientists and others.

11) Raised some needed funds (all from individual donations and most from Palestinians).

12) Developed a webpage (palestinenature.org), a facebook page, and a tweitter account and published several articles about the museum in major magazines (like “This Week in Palestine”) and books (like “Museums in Palestine”).

13) Carried out over 50 field trips in various parts of Palestine and over 40 volunteers worked at the museum in various capacities from agriculture to education to research to conservation.

Achievements 2014

Achievements since launching in June 2014

1) Developed the museum from nothing (a new museum) in many areas from
furnishing to organization so that it is now an actual functioning
institution

2) Science festival that brought hundreds of school children and volunteers together for activities like experiments and discussions on things ranging from critical thinking to physics to environmental protection.

3) Published significant research on Biodiversity and initiated several new projects of research (some involving molecular and cytogenetic techniques). (e.g. Decline in Vertebrate Biodiversity of Bethlehem, a paper on Scorpion Nebo, a paper on Amphibians).

4) Worked hard on our land site to create and reclaim an integrated ecosystem of endogenous Palestinian animals and plants.

5) We began to rehabilitate some injured and abandoned wild animals.

6) Began to develop permaculture and aquaculture.

7) Began recycling and upcycling waste material.

8) Expanded our digital library for fauna and flora.

9) Expanded our digital photo collection

10) Building partnership with many organizations and government entities (e.g. Qattan, Min of Agriculture, Environmental Quality Authority). Traveled to Europe and developed good working
relationships with dozens of facilities and scientists and others.

11) Raised some needed funds (all from individual donations and most from Palestinians).

12) Developed a webpage (palestinenature.org), a facebook page, and a tweitter account and published several articles about the museum in major magazines (like “This Week in Palestine”) and books (like “Museums in Palestine”).

13) Carried out over 50 field trips in various parts of Palestine and over 40 volunteers worked at the museum in various capacities from agriculture to education to research to conservation.

Article about museum

في مبنى “معهد الشراكة المجتمعية” الذي تشي حجارته بعمر مبنى قديم يزيد عن نصف قرن، تنتشر عدة أشجار زيتون في حقل منحدر لا يكشف للوهلة الأولى عن أي غرابة أو مشهد لبيت غير مألوف، ولكن على الرغم من رتابة النظرة الأولى،

http://www.maan-ctr.org/magazine/article.php?id=739fey473598Y739fe

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