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A plan to save the Dead Sea
Sunday, September 01, 2002

A plan to save the Dead Sea

Israel, Jordan announce $800 million joint effort

Johannesburg, South Africa

September 1, 2002


Israel and Jordan announced their largest joint project ever, a $800 million pipeline intended to save the shrinking Dead Sea from environmental devastation.

The level of the sea, shared between the two countries that signed a peace agreement in 1994, is sinking at the rate of nearly a yard a year and could disappear in a few decades, damaging tourism in both countries and indirectly draining scarce water supplies in the region, Cabinet ministers from both countries said Sunday at the World Summit.

"This sends a message that we do live in one area with a common destiny. The environment, ecology and nature know no boundaries and no political conflicts."

Bassem Awadallah, Jordan's Minister of Planning


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