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Mar Saba – Wadi Qadron


Mar Saba – Wadi Qadron

The region No.                                              004

The district                                                     Bethlehem

The area                                                         5km

The site                                                           East of Bethlehem

The Latitude & longitude                               31 43`N 35  21`E


The description of the region:

Wadi Qadron is an agricultural and grazing region. It is located in the center of Jerusalem wildlife, the southern side of Bethlehem. In this area there is a monastery called Saint Saba monastery.  There is a way to this monastery from the southern side called Al Nabi Mousa way (Jerusalem – Jericho way), from the Al Sahara region to the southern side of the monastery through the desert and there is a main road from Bethlehem that pass by Beit Sahour to the monastery region.


The sewage water, a big problem this region is facing, currently travels from Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and the Israeli’s settlements to the Wadi Qadron stream.


The plant of this region:



The animals of this region:

Gazelle, Rocky Hyrax, fox, and Hyena


The birds of this region:

There is the Lesser Kestrel (registered at ten couples in the monastery region), the Sand Partridge, Tristram’s Grackle, Egyptian Vulture, and Palestine Sunbird.


The negative effects:

  • Unhealthy garbage disposal tactics by people that live in nearby villages
  • Sewage water that comes from nearby Israeli’s settlements and villages
  • The hunting
  • The unjust grazing.


The protection procedures:

  • Improve treatment of the garbage.
  • Regulation of grazing
  • Regulation of hunting
  • Promote understanding of environmental tourism concepts
  • Training of tourist guides for the region to encourage environmental tourism trips.  
  • Decreasing the sewage water that comes from the villages and the Israeli settlements by treatment projects that will help to irrigate the region and will also help with declining the desertification problem.