Topics discussed at the first two days of the conference included "Changes Forecast – What to expect?"; "Impact on the ground"; and "Ways and Tools for Adaptation." On Wednesday, July 1st, participants went for a field day in the Negev that began at Foresters House in Yatir Forest, Israel's largest planted woodlands and an example of a forest in a semi-arid region. They were greeted by KKL-JNF's Itzik Moshe, who is an internationally acclaimed expert on desert afforestation and rehabilitation of degraded ecosystems. Moshe noted that Yatir Forest, which spreads over an area of 60,000 dunams, includes 13,000 dunams that are not planted and 2,000 dunams of communities. "Yatir Forest is not only trees, its people, animals, historical sites and more," Moshe said.
Before the group boarded the special safari truck and jeeps that would take them deep into the forest, KKL-JNF Southern Region Director Ami Uliel noted that the conference provided everyone with an opportunity to "say what they had to say, to listen and exchange opinions in order to promote our forests and open spaces. We have to reach conclusions, implement them and constantly revisit our thinking, taking into account what is happening worldwide while focusing on our unique situation here in Israel."
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