Palestine Museum of Natural History
The Palestine Museum of Natural History (PMNH) and its Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) were established at Mar Andrea Campus of Bethlehem University. The aim to research, educate about, and conserve our natural world and our Palestinian culture and heritage, and to use this knowledge to promote responsible, empowered human interactions with all components of our environment. 1. Explore the diversity of the fauna, flora, and human ethnography of Palestine via collections and scientific research that includes morphology and genetics. This includes cataloguing and building a physical and an electronic database of geological specimens, fossils, and existing animals and plants, as well as beginning to catalog and preserve objects/specimens related to natural history and biodiversity, including human diversity and history 2. Promote environmental protection and responsible interaction between people and the environment, by building environmental awareness and encouraging conservation of natural resources, while connecting this awareness to Palestinian heritage. 3- Use the knowledge gained, and the books and databases and collections, to promote science education so that this institute becomes one that helps all segments of society in areas such as biology, ecology, technology, archaeology, ethnology etc. 4. Develop and increase respect: a) for ourselves (self-empowerment), b) for our fellow human beings regardless of background, and c) for all living creatures and our shared earth. This will help create a more peaceful and sustainable world. 5. Use research results in areas such as history, culture, permaculture and biological control to promote sustainable communities, focusing on marginalized communities under threat of continued ethnic cleansing. The aim is to create a more livable world for all living things, including contending human communities.