The Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem joins the International Union for Conservation of Nature!

Dear ARIJ Friends

“The Applied Research Institute- Jerusalem (ARIJ) would like to announce its admission to the International Palestine Natural Resource Management ProgramUnion for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). ARIJ is proud to become a member in such an international union that helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. Its work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice. It is also the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO Members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

This year ARIJ was one of 17 institutions and the only from the Arabic region along with Mada association from (Lebanon) accepted for the membership.

ARIJ will benefit from IUCN’s scientific credibility, its unsurpassed knowledge base and convening power, extensive networking opportunities and access to high-level political, economic and social decision making, and to conservation alliance of key scientists. As a member, ARIJ becomes part of a collective and global voice on Sustainable Agriculture Palestineimportant issues. The Union convenes the World Conservation Congress and other platforms for discussing conservation issues. ARIJ finds it an opportunity to work with its partner through this membership to advance its own cause and add to its collective strength in overcoming barriers to a sustainable Palestinian future. “

For further information about IUCN net work kindly refer to the following link


Meditations of the Heart (Thurman) Section 2 Day 20

Rev. Thurman in his Meditations of the Heart leads us to consider the complexity of human life.  Life is simple but always complex.


He chides us for wanting simple solutions and singular problems rather than seeing that life is full of varieties which heap layer on layer of development in our lives. “We are living organisms embodying varied stages of growth, development and experience at any particular moment.”

When you’re a toddler learning new skills, you drop one you had already learned while developing the new one until with experience (and age) you can do both well.

As a teenager the complex cycle of hormones erupt, as do your emotions, and the dramatic encounters with your family (especially your parents).

When you’re a young adult you begin to untangle from your childhood understandings and relationships to reinvent them for yourself and renegotiate with yourself and those you love how you’re going to respond to life’s stuff.

As a functioning adult you manage (or frantically juggle) responsibilities and personal ethics and dreams and fears with the attendant worries of financial security and health and love.

As Thurman writes “there is no single evil but there are evils.” “Life is simple but ever complex.”

Our challenge is to not oversimplify all our concerns to one problem or thinking one solution will fix everything making it “the symbol of all frustrations or all resolutions.”

I’m reminding of a commercial for a vacuum cleaner; its punch line was: “Life is messy. Clean it up”.

I think Thurman would say: Life is messy. See it for what it is.”