Founded in 1990, the Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development in the occupied Palestinian territories and the self-reliance of the Palestinian people through greater control over their natural resources.

The Institute 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 plays an active role in the local community as an advocate  for greater co-operation among local institutions, 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. Moreover, through  its work with donor institutions and regional and international  experts, ARIJ promotes an environment conducive to the introduction  of new initiatives and ideas and thus serves as a facilitator  in the co-ordination of multilateral activities.

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