Masterplan for Participatory Development of Kidron Valley/Wadi Nar

 Funded by

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 Implementing Partners:

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Implementation Period: 2008 – ongoing

Location: Israel and Palestinian Authority

Beneficiaries: Israeli and Palestinian communities



The Kidron Valley runs from the city of Jerusalem through the desert to the Dead Sea. For thousands of years, the valley has supplied local peoples with water, prompting the growth of several civilizations in this area. Many of the Middle East’s most famous cultural and historic sites can be found in the valley, including historic graveyards and underground watercourses. The Valley has been neglected, however, allowing refuse, neglect and sewage to blight an otherwise valuable heritage site. In addition, the basin of the Kidron has been divided by a border, and , unlike Europe, where borders are coming down, here borders make basing planning impossible.

Due to the environmental degradation of the river course and the strong need of urbanisation along the water corridor, now, more than ever, is the time ripe for a joint master plan for the entire basin. Both Israeli and Palestine Authorities agreed to work together to develop a joint plan.

The proposed project will bring together the three major stakeholders in the Valley: the City of Jerusalem, the City of Abu Dis and the Dead Sea Drainage Authority Guided by a team of both Israeli and Palestinian professionals, the parties will act in concert to develop a master plan for the Kidron Valley. The team involved also prominent institutions and experts from abroad, among which the Director of W&E Security Programme, Dr. Rossella Monti.

The plan will present a number of possible scenarios based on current and expected conditions and will detail how best to utilize the water resources of the Valley while preserving its great historic value. In addition, this joint effort will exemplify the ability of both parties to coexist and work together to solve mutual problems. If successful, the project will be a beacon to the other trans-border streams and rivers, which are desperately in need of rehabilitation.

The goals of the masterplan is going to be developed are:

1. The Kidron Basin Plan in scenarios: co-existence, cooperation, partnership

2. Solution for the sewage in the valley

3. Involving the community and empowering the population

4. Creating a “biosphere” – An area that balances between development and preservation

5. “The Stream as a Bridge”: between Political Entities and Cultures, between societies, populations (about 250,000 today), communities and neighborhoods

6. Creating a tourist area and preserving historical sites- “The Valley of the Holy City”

7. Strengthening the connection between the ridges and the stream bed, between built-up and open space- “the Kidron matrix”

8. Developing leisure activities, sports and recreation

9. Creating a management tool to develop the basin

10. The plan as a catalyst for fund raising

11. Implementation in stages while developing the plan- Steering Committee, Drainage Authority, City of Jerusalem

12. The Master Plan as a basis for an Action Plan


Flyer Kidron Vally/Wadi Nar

Concept Paper