Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability

Palestine Museum of Natural History


From Brother Peter (Vice Chancelor): “Congratulations on the opening ceremony on Wednesday. I thought the whole event went very well. There was a relaxed atmosphere during which some important issues were addressed and visitors had the opportunity to see that, as I said, it was more than an opening, rather a celebration of what you have achieved since 2014. I think it achieved the goal of alerting people to what the museum has done and is doing and several people I spoke to were in awe of what you and your team and volunteers have accomplished. Many spoke to me about […]

2016 Christmas Message

Holiday message from PMNH-BU Endangered Bethlehem Star Flower at PMNH The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability at Bethlehem University wish you a great holiday season and wishing you and yours a wonderful new year. May 2017 be a year of progress towards peace and sustainability for our planet. Thanks to your partnership and donations, we had a tremendous success in 2016 fulfilling its mission to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world, culture and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible human interactions with our environment.  We are now going to […]


We will start to issue a newsletter of happenings at the museum mostly with photos. Here are some of the news from the museum 1-10 September. But if you want to see more and on a daily or nearly daily basis, please join our facebook page under Palestine Museum of Natural History. Anyway here are some happenings   Revien (a voluntreer) places a book on the book scanner invented and donated by Dany Qumsiyeh and next to newer exhibit areas (note large photos and more) Majd Salsaa Donated a fruit and vegetable drier Visit and “Zarb” food for Rotary Bethlehem and Sweden Recycling and […]

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  MEDIA work and communications Produced two high quality videos relating to our work: one directed towards volunteers (Arabic and English and one more general to get support (English, Arabic , French ) 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 […]

Achievements First Year

First Annual Report 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 […]

بيت ساحور إلى أين؟

      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. افتتح السيد هاني اندراوس الندوة بتقديم نبذة عن نشأة الديوان الثقافي الذي أصبح مقعدا لمناقشة قضايا المجتمع المحلي، ثم قدم الدكتور قسطندي شوملي الذي […]

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. […]

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) […]

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 […]

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،

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