|Location:||Israel - Jordan|
|Establishment:||Ma'ale Shaharut, Yotvata, Israel|
Rawan lives in Aqaba and studies at the Rosary Sister School. Rawan's participation was of great importance from the very beginning in the strengthing and furthering of cooperation between students from both sides of the valley, politically and geographically. She was responsible for gathering the information from the East side of the Gulf. Due to the unrest in our region Rawan found it harder and harder to transfer her information to the rest of the team.
Zeev was born in Russia in 1986. When he was 3 years old he immigrated (made an “Aliya”) to Israel with his family, and then he moved to Kibbutz Ketura, in the middle of the valley. Zeev is a student at the Ma’ale Shaharut School. Zeev was in charge of site graphics. He also gathered information from the Western side of the Gulf, and converted it to IT (Information Technology). Zeev worked parallel to Itamar, while Itamar wrote the technical side of the site. Zeev is responsible for the graphic side of the absolutely A-M-A-Z-I-N-G game, SimGulf2000.
The Gulf of Aqaba-Eilat lies at the northern end of the Red Sea and along the borders of four countries: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. The uniqueness of the gulf lies in the striking contrast of its clear water and the abundant and varied aquatic life it supports, and the parched desert that surrounds it. In the Gulf of Aqaba-Eilat there are nearly 600 different species of marine and land creatures, and hundreds of kinds of plants. In the gulf there is a variety of marine and coastal habitats, with the fauna situated mainly in the coral reef in close proximity to the coast. The northern most coral reef in the world is found in Gulf of Aqaba-Eilat, and is in fact a “tropical garden of Eden“ in a desert region. Located at the head of the Gulf are the cities of Aqaba, in Jordan, and Eilat, in Israel, each with over 50,000 residents. The economic activity in the coastal area includes tourist and diving sights, sailing and vacationing, industrial ports, and mariculture (fish farms of Denise and Sea Bream). In the past few years, the situation of the fish, and especially of the coral, has changed for the worse. Will scuba divers be able to dive in the gulf in another five years? Is the quality of the water changing? The site includes textual information and pictures about the uniqueness of the gulf and about human activities taking place along the North Shore. Information on the environmental impact of all the key sites found along the coast in Israel and in Jordan is presented. The information and the pictures relate to the type of activity at each site. A virtual map provides a link to each site. Incorporated in the site there is also a game – Simgulf – in which a visitor to the site is invited to learn independently about the land use and the environmental impact of a range of activities in the coastal region. The site was prepared by students of the Maale Shaharut School, in Kibbutz Yotvata (near Eilat), and The Rosary Sisters School, in Aqaba. Joint development of the site is contributing greatly to cementing relations between the partners from Jordan and Israel. In today’s “burning” Middle-East cooperation is of major importance, especially in view of the fact that such cooperation will contribute to the preservation of plants and wildlife in the gulf. Recently published reports on the ecology of the Gulf of Aqaba-Eilat indicate the situation of the coral is worsening. This makes the site even more important. The Gulf News link provides access to these reports.