Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

The AIES was founded in 1996 and its mission goes beyond training and teaching to include contributing to the state of knowledge available about a range of environmental matters and problems. While faculty and students have complete autonomy regarding their research agenda, the Institute encourages applied initiatives with the ability to improve the quality of decision-making in environmental matters.

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
Kibbutz Ketura, D.N. Hevel Eilot
Kibbutz Ketura,
Israel
972-8-6356618
http://www.arava.org/

Director

David Lehrer

Management Team

David Lehrer – Director AIES, ri Nusinow – Treasurer AIES, iam Ben Yoseph – Assistant Director, aakov Garb – Academic Director, ve Lipchin – Research Director, hael Cohen – Director AINA, vid – Assistant Director AINA

Board of Directors

Ziad Asali, Sharon Benheim, Tom Benson, Eric Berzon, Andrew Blau, Cliff T. T. Boro, James and Sonia Cummings, Karen Fierst, Barry Fierst, Aaron Frank, Steve Greenberg, Ed Hofland, David Lehrer, Jonathan Leo, Paul Miller, Seth Morrison, Daphna Musnikow, Sam Musnikow, Mandy Patinkin, Jack Platt, Howie Rodenstein, Hillel Salomon, Nigel Savage, Jonathan Schorsch, Chester Stein Chester Stein, Alon Tal, Rob Turano, Butch Weaver, Melinda Wolf Melinda Wolf, Tara Wolfson, David Lehrer – Director AIES, ri Nusinow – Treasurer AIES, iam Ben Yoseph – Assistant Director, aakov Garb – Academic Director, ve Lipchin – Research Director, hael Cohen – Director AINA, vid – Assistant Director AINA

Project Leaders

Ofer Ben-Dov

Mission

The AIES was founded in 1996 and its mission goes beyond training and teaching to include contributing to the state of knowledge available about a range of environmental matters and problems. While faculty and students have complete autonomy regarding their research agenda, the Institute encourages applied initiatives with the ability to improve the quality of decision-making in environmental matters.

Programs

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) is the premier environmental education and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region's environmental challenges. Affiliated with Ben-Gurion University, AIES houses academic programs, research, and international cooperation initiatives on a range of environmental concerns and challenges. Students at AIES study a range of environmental issues from a trans-boundary and interdisciplinary perspective while learning peace-building and leadership skills. With a student body comprised of Jordanians, Palestinians, Israelis, and students from around the world, the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study and live together for an extended period of time; building networks and developing understanding that will enable future cooperative work and activism in the Middle East and beyond. Here, the idea that nature knows no political borders is more than a belief. It is a fact, a curriculum, and a way of life.

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