Wadi Gaza Coastal Wetland Conservation and Development

The Wadi Gaza Natural Park and Greenway will, upon its completion, reconnect physically and socially diverse urban environs of five municipalities of the Gaza Strip with the river and the wetland.


Project Summary

This project aims to protect public health of the Gaza Strip and its natural resources through the restoration and rehabilitation of Wadi Gaza as a recognized natural reserve and coastal wetland. The project will also enhance the livelihood of residents of surrounding towns by developing recreational facilities and creating job opportunities through the project activities.

A comprehensive master plan for Wadi Gaza will be developed. The Wadi will be cleaned, rehabilitated, greened, fenced, and protected. The pollution originating from the discharge of wastewater and dumping of solid waste will be controlled and minimized. Access roads along the western part of the Wadi will be rehabilitated and developed and a check dam will be rehabilitated / constructed. In addition, an operational management plan for Wadi Gaza ,as a nature reserve, will be developed; a legal and institutional structure/collation will be proposed and supported to protect and operate the area.

Community awareness regarding biodiversity and protection of natural reserves and wetlands will be enhanced. Domestic tourism and local economic development will be promoted through the establishment of a recreational facility managed by a Public-Private-Partnership model (PPP) to ensure employment and operational sustainability.


Geographic Coverage: Gaza Strip
Partners: Ministry of Environment (EQA), Ministry of Local Government (MOLG), Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), Coastal Municipal Utility (CMWU), UN Environment, FAO, UNESCO
Sustainable Development Goal/s: Good Health, Clean Water and Sanitation, Gender Equality, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Innovation and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Change, Life Under Water, Life on Land, Partnership for the Goals
Project Manager: Hala Othman, Environment and Poverty Programme Analyst
Email: Hala.othman@undp.org
Other Documents: Project Fact Sheet





Project start date:

January 2018

Estimated end date:

December 2021

Focus area:

  • eradicate poverty in all its forms and dimensions
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Prog for Palestinian People

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

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    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Government Of Norway
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2022 $29,766

    2021 $132,332

    2020 $69,829

    2019 $117,360

    2018 $210,721

    2017 $0

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