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Thanks Bettina. Much appreciated.

Thanks so much for this feedback!!

We have added a map that reflects the current status of our project in terms of outreach to target areas, which builds upon our ongoing research into (potential) conflict areas with shared water resources where our methodology could potentially be of relevance (we identified 113 such hot-spots).

Hi Kate,

Yes, we certainly have considered an expansion of the Bosnian project! In fact, we have been very busy these past few weeks working with our partners in Bosnia on developing such an expansion. The earlier one-year pilot was the first program of its kind to give school children in the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina the opportunity to meet each other. It created the foundation on which we are now building a much bigger project which will engage 1,100 youth from schools on both sides of the border near the extremely polluted Spreča River which flows through both entities.

In accordance with our Good Water Neighbors Model, participating youth will initially identify environmental hazards on their own side of the border and begin a process of understanding how these hazards reach and impact both their own communities and their neighbors across the border. Subsequent cross border visits and activities (such as eco-camps, a circulating photography exhibition, school-based environmental projects, river clean-up days, etc.) will create opportunities for youth to meet and interact, exchange information, and work together to promote the rehabilitation of their river.

If we secure the required funding, the project in Bosnia will also target religious leaders and mayors from 10 targeted municipalities on both sides of the border who, upon their return from a study tour to the Middle East, will be encouraged to become vocal advocates for cooperative solutions to environmental issues affecting their communities and form networks that will engage them in a variety of cross-border activities.

As to your second question, while we have identified certain geographies that seem of most relevance, we are keen to connect with any organization dealing with cross-border environmental challenges in conflict areas. Organizations that already have some experience working with schools in their area, and have a strong community connection are of special relevance.