The Palestinian Environmental Non-Governmental Organizations Network (PENGON) is a coordinating body between the different Palestinian NGOs working in the field of environment. It aims to serve Palestinian environmental issues by coordinating endeavors between the member organizations, strengthening and building the efficiency within each organization, and enhancing relations within the Network as well as with other organizations domestically and abroad, such as local government agencies and international environmental organizations.
The idea of establishing a network of Palestinian environmental organizations began in 1998, when a number of the NGOs felt the urgent need to coordinate their efforts. These organizations faced a Palestinian environment in grave danger due to violent Israeli occupation practices on the ground, including the confiscation of land, illegal settlement activities, the uprooting of trees, the destruction of Palestinian agricultural land, the use of Palestinian occupied lands by Israel as dumping ground for poisonous industrial waste, and the exhausting of water resources and the polluting of the water ground reservoirs by settlements. These concerns have only intensified?dramatically--since the recent Intifada.
To cope with this desperate situation, and to coordinate the scattered efforts of the different Palestinian NGOs in the field of the environment, a number of active Palestinian NGOs held several meetings in April and May of 2001. The meetings culminated in the announcement of the Network and the election of a Coordinating Committee to combine these efforts those organizations.
The Network will highlight environmental issues by:
The Network member organizations work with one or more of the following domains:
The General Assembly consists of the founding members of the Network. It is the legislative body of the Network, which is mainly responsible over discussing and approving the Network?s administrative and financial system as well as the budgets and annual reports in addition to accepting new members. Meetings are held at least twice a year.
The Coordinating Committee is composed of seven organizations that are elected by the General Assembly for the period of two years. It is considered the executive body, working on a voluntary basis. Its main responsibilities are applying the GA?s decisions, preparing detailed plans, supervising the management, and preparing the financial and administrative reports for the General Assembly.