The summer I traveled to the Jordan River Valley on the Across Borders Fellowship: Managing Trans-Boundary Environmental Resources in the Middle East and the United States. This fellowship was funded by the Department of State Office of Citizen's Exchange given to and appropriated through Dickinson College, and is a professional development fellowship for emerging professionals and early career academics in the field of water resources. This year the program selected 17 fellows to travel and study the Jordan River Valley and issues of water allocation, quality, rights, and political will between Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and Jordan with a slight look at Egypt as well. Next summer, the program will be bringing 17 fellows from Israel, PA, Jordan, and Egypt to the United States to study the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
My group's research focused on developing three different models for institution building in the Jordan River Valley region in order to manage water collectively. We researched the advantages and limitations for each of these models and presented our research findings at the end of the trip. I plan to use this preliminary trip and data to apply for other research grants and to tie it in to my dissertation, especially as it relates to the farmers of the Jordan River Valley.
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