Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability and the Palestine Museum of Natural History

Causes:

  • Community Development
  • Environment
  • Education

Year Founded:

2014

Locations:

  • Bethlehem

Legal Registration:

Palestinian Nonprofit

Mission Statement:

Research, education, and conservation of our natural world, culture, and heritage and use knowledge to promote responsible empowered human interactions with all components of our environment

About:

Using largely volunteer efforts and local donations, Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) and its Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) of Bethlehem University were established in 2014. Our motto is RESPECT – respect for ourselves, for others, and for the nature. In this short period of time, we managed to publish many research papers, build a botanical and agricultural research garden (including permaculture, beekeeping and aquaponics), develop an educational program that helped over 5000 visitors, and build partnerships with local and global governmental and non-governmental entities resulting in benefit to environment and sustainability. For more on our institution, see these two short videos: https://youtu.be/APxvAZh8qrQ and https://youtu.be/BPhFLOsEIM0

What makes Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability and the Palestine Museum of Natural History innovative?

Thinking outside the box to address problems; working on sustainable technologies (composting, biogas, permaculture); thinking globally and acting locally; the only biodiversity research center in Palestine. For innovative achievements, please look at our latest (2018) annual report below

How does Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability and the Palestine Museum of Natural History measure impact?

Focus groups, workshops, questionnaires, individual feedback, research publications and visit our website to learn more at palestinenature.org

How can supporters get involved?

We have many volunteer opportunities that will enhance your skills and allow you to interact with other internationals and locals. Examples of areas that previous volunteers have worked in and to which you can contribute according to your interest: 1) Participate in research project (See https://www.palestinenature.org/research); 2) Garden and ecosystem structures: work in the community garden and with children in the exploration playground, and we do have functioning permaculture facilities including aquaponics, hydroponics, etc; 3) Education: Develop and train children about recycling/up-cycling and develop SMART science exhibitions for students in the museum; 4) Cultural Heritage: We have a big project to preserve, value, and sustain Palestinian cultural heritage relating to nature and agriculture. This includes both tangible and intangible cultural heritage. Many volunteers are needed for cataloging, data entry and much more; 5) Fundraising and sustainable income planning: Write grant proposal, hold fundraising events, brainstorm about projects for our own sustainability (income generating projects and implement them etc.); 6) Administration; 7) Media and IT work: Write stories, translate it into many languages, make documentaries and animation movies for children, build and develop database for the collection and researches; 8) Field work: Join us in field trips to study and document natural history in Palestine; 9) Preparation of material for research and exhibit; 10) Tour guiding and hospitality (for details please see https://www.palestinenature.org/volunteer)

Latest Annual Report:

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