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Israel, Jordan ink agreement to rehabilitate Jordan River

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

A cow crosses the Jordan River near Kibbutz Karkom in northern Israel on Saturday, July 30, 2022.  Israel and Jordan have signed a declaration of intent, Thursday, Nov. 17 at the U.N. climate conference to conserve and protect their shared Jordan River (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)
A cow crosses the Jordan River near Kibbutz Karkom in northern Israel on Saturday, July 30, 2022. Israel and Jordan have signed a declaration of intent, Thursday, Nov. 17 at the U.N. climate conference to conserve and protect their shared Jordan River (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

The Israeli and Jordanian governments sign a declaration of intent to partner in the restoration and sustainable development of the Jordan River.

The declaration was signed at the UN COP27 climate conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh by Minister of Environmental Protection Tamar Zandberg, and the Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation, Mohammed Al Najer.

According to Israel’s Ministry of Environmental Protection, restoration of the Jordan River is an important goal for both countries due to its great ecological value, its rich historical and religious heritage, and its importance as a major tourist site.

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