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The Land Research Center – LRC

General Information

Project Manager: Jamal Taleb Al-Amleh

Public Relations Administrator\ Contact Person: Hiba Al- Wohosh

Head Quarter: Halhoul

Address: Natshe Bldg., 2nd floor, Main Street, Halhoul, Hebron

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 35 Haloul

Telephone: 02-2217239

E-mail Address: LRC@palnet.com

Website: www.LRCJ.org

Other Branches: Nablus

Established: 1986

The Organizational Structure:

  • The General Manager
  • Department Managers

LRC Departments:

  • Reclamation and Land Development Department
  • Soil and Environment Research Department
  • Colonial Activities Monitoring and Agricultural Violations Department
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Department

Reference Committee: an administrative committee comprised of 7 elected personnel.

Total number of employees (Administrative and Non-Administrative): 26

Male Employees: 18

Female Employees: 8

Full Time: 20

Part Time: 6

LRC Goals:

  1. Preserving the Palestinian right of rehabilitation, land, and access to natural resources, in addition to striving to achieve freedom and full independence for Palestine by maintaining all forms of development within the Palestinian society, and through serious and continuous monitoring of Israeli violations, such as; land confiscation, land and home demolition, colonization, the apartheid wall, trees uprooting and the construction of bypass roads.
  2. Contribute in achieving the Palestinian social development and reduce poverty in the most unfortunate and marginalized regions – especially in the Palestinian countryside.

Environmental Research Sector:

  1. Contribute in enhancing the food sufficiency level among the households and the society in general through implementing reclamation and land development projects, in addition to developing household gardens and water harvesting techniques.
  1. Contribute in the protection and the development of the Palestinian environment and the agricultural sector through fighting desertification and land degradation.
  1. Contribute in developing the non-governmental and grassroots organizations’ capacity and ability to achieve the set goals.
  1. Advocating and mobilizing for the Palestinian cause, in addition to condemning the Israeli violations against the Palestinians, and fighting the house and land demolition cases– especially in Jerusalem.
  1. Propose national policies and procedures regarding the field of agricultural development and recommend the proposed policies to the Palestinian decision makers, to be adopted within the national policies and planning.
  1. Fully connect Jerusalem with the rest of the Palestinian territories (1967 lands), since Jerusalem is an inseparable part of the West Bank.
  1. Seeking to revive the collective work spirit in serving the land and the agriculture, in addition to focusing on the women’s vital role in such key areas.

LRC programs, projects and activities:

  1. Land confiscation issues follow-up, documentation, technical assistance, and legal aid.
  2. Monitoring and documenting the Israeli settlement activities, the construction of bypass roads, and the construction/expansion of the Apartheid Wall.
  3. Documenting the house demolition activities and the construction restrictions in Jerusalem carried by the Israeli forces.
  4. Documenting and Following-up on the Israeli violations against the Palestinian land and agriculture.
  5. Specializing in the soil and land research, in addition to preparing computerized maps of:
  • Soil in Palestine – chemical, physical studies and soil classifications.
  • Vegetation and land use in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Land systems in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  1. Fight desertification, environmental pollution and soil degradation using:
  • Scientific Research.
  • Reclamation, rehabilitation and development of land areas, valleys and water catchments.
  • Increase and diversify vegetation.
  • Implementing water harvesting projects.
  1. Bedouin affairs care by:

– Pastures development.

– Livestock development.

– Social care.

  1. Studying poverty within the Palestinian society, in addition to creating and implementing various development projects to aid the unfortunate families.Target group:All society’s segments

    LRC Achievements:

  1. Implemented various development projects for unfortunate families.
  2. Issued a monthly report in coordination with the “Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights” featuring the Israeli violations in Jerusalem.
  3. Organized a number of seminars, workshops and presentations on the colonial activities in Jerusalem and Hebron.
  4. Implemented a number of projects for the Bedouin communities in Jerusalem, Hebron and Bethlehem:

-Number of tribes: 13

The Bedouin projects were summarized as follows:

  • Livestock diet projects
  • Livestock diseases treatment projects
  • Family development projects
  1. Completed the Palestinian land development standards manual, in partnership with agriculture organizations, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the UNDP.
  2. Prepared a natural resources management strategy- regarding the land and the man power – which was presented in coordination with the UNDP to the Ministry of Agriculture during the “Polices and Strategies Conference”.
  3. Completed nearly 150 home gardens for housewives under the title: “Domestic economy is the foundation of the Palestinian resistance”.

The Environment and Research Sector:

  1. Monitored and published immediate reports regarding the Israeli colonization activities in coordination with Arij organization- Bethlehem
  2. Completed the “Soil Resources Survey” project in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The project was completed by preparing the following maps:
  • Land systems.
  • Land use and cover map.
  • Detailed soil maps for the eastern hills, Jericho, Hebron, Beit Hanoun.
  1. Adopted a number of land violation issues and structural planning in Jerusalem from a legal, heuristic, technical aspect.
  1. Reclaimed and rehabilitated hundreds of acres in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and other specialized agriculture institutions, within the “collective and individual land reclamation project” in the West Bank.
  1. Rehabilitated a number of valleys and water catchments, additionally, treated a number soil erosion cases.

LRC’s Future Plans:

  1. Compose a comprehensive document about the land confiscations and the agriculture violations carried out by Israel in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem.
  2. Work on developing the soil project into a specialized soil testing and detailed map preparation center.
  3. Create a soil map and land classifications for the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  4. Work on developing a relationship network with local, national, international (Mediterranean Basin, Europe) agricultural institutions that specialize in agriculture and soil.
  5. Build a technical training department that focuses on mapping, soil, agriculture – Biodynamic agriculture, and means of water rationing in irrigation.
  6. Target and focus on sustainable agricultural projects – land rehabilitation projects in particular- and strive to implement the previous to aid the Palestinian farmers.
  7. Serve the environment by scientific planning through classifying the land according to its’ quality and use suitability. In addition to ranking the plants based on their ability to be rain-fed, planted organically and to resist pests.