Founded in 1990, the Applied Research Institute - Jerusalem (ARIJ) / Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territory and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources. ARIJ works specifically to augment the local stock of scientific and technical knowledge and to introduce and devise more efficient methods of resource utilization and conservation, improved practices, and appropriate technology.
ARIJ represents several years of combined organizational experience in the Palestinian territory in the fields of economic, social, natural resources management, water management, sustainable agriculture, and political dynamics of development in the area. ARIJ plays an active role in the local community as an advocate for greater co-operation among local institutions, as well as international and non-governmental organizations. In its capacity as a national research institute, it frequently provides current data and research necessary to the formulation of position papers and policy strategies on such issues as land and water resources.
To effectively disseminate information and knowledge to the Palestinian society. This requires existence of systems to collect, analyze and report data and information that are most beneficial to the Palestinian society. In this case, preparing and producing appropriate reports on activities of ARIJ and involvement of the community should be available on a regular basis.
To actively participate in identification and understanding of the community problems. This needs steady contact and communication between ARIJ and the community, through awareness programs, including workshops, reports, meetings, questionnaires, newsletters, volunteering work and assistance, etc.
To identify and adapt the most appropriate technology to the needs and requirements of the community and the society.
To achieve socio-economic development, through providing better access to food, and better management and utilization of land, water, and natural resources.
To develop assessment and protection actions for Palestinian environment including biodiversity, water, soil and air.
To play an active role in the development of the human resources needed to adapt and use technologies. In this regard, trained personnel should provide knowledge and experience to those untrained.
To generate and attract income-producing opportunities for the community through technology transfer and through encouraging teamwork between scientists of the various institutions.
To catalyze coordination and cooperation between the various groups and institutions working in economic development, and to facilitate the creation of a multi-sector planning unit.
Towards a Sustainable Palestine
ARIJ's mission is promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources. ARIJ aims to assess alternative options, policies and strategies to conserve natural resources, which can be used as the basis for formulating recommendations and informing strategic decision making to improve the management of these resources and assist in their sustainability
Specifically, the institute aims to augment the local stock of scientific and technical knowledge and to introduce and devise more efficient methods of resource utilization and conservation, improved practices, and appropriate technology.