Funded by:      The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Starting Date: January 2009
Ending Date:   December 2009

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) has been supporting Applied Research Institute-Jerusalem (ARIJ) for several years providing core program support.  As the mission of ARIJ involves carrying out applied research and innovative solutions to utilize natural resources, the main challenge for ARIJ is how to continue working in the field of applied research; supporting local community, yet at same time secures financial resources that guarantee the sustainability of the institute. Therefore, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) core funds intervenes in solving the institute’s challenges by the contributing to ARIJ operational cost; research projects, pilot projects in addition to the service of the community.  Through SDC core funds, ARIJ is dedicated to research findings representing valuable information for decision makers, including the President’s office; Palestinian negotiation team, ministries, local authorities, local and international NGOs, public community and other individuals. Moreover, ARIJ is rich in its resources and maps about the land use land cover analysis covering natural resources issues and Israeli activities.  In addition to its web-site, ARIJ disseminates data to the public through various methods, such as books, publications, maps, atlases, reports, as well as providing consultancies, training, workshops and presentation.

During the historical visit of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI,
Dr. Jad Isaac (ARIJ General Director) has represented to his holiness
a special and only version of
" A Geopolitical Atlas of the Occupied Palestinian Territory"