KKL-JNF Denmark 2014 Staff-1.
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KKL-JNF Denmark 2014 Staff Mission Visits the Negev
A day with the 2014 KKL-JNF Denmark Staff Mission in the Negev.
in the northwestern Negev is always a perfect place to begin a tour of Israel's south and to see KKL-JNF's many and diverse projects in this challenging region. And indeed, this is where the 2014 KKL-JNF Denmark Staff Mission arrived on Wednesday, March 5 for the fourth day of their six-day visit to Israel, during which they toured the length and breadth of the country, seeing KKL-JNF projects and hearing about their importance for Israel's environment and for the quality of life of its citizens.
The group of nine, which was accompanied by KKL-JNF guide Yishai Avital, was greeted at the Yatir Forest Foresters House by Yehudit Perl-Strasser of KKL-JNF's European Desk. Yatir is Israel's largest planted forest, with over four million trees. It is world famous because it proves that trees can thrive in a semi-arid region, which has a very significant effect on climate change. It is, however, important to realize that the desert here is manmade, due to overgrazing and the indiscriminate felling of trees. KKL-JNF is not turning the desert into something else, but rather restoring land that underwent processes of degradation and desertification. Accordingly, present-day KKL-JNF policy is to plant trees indigenous to the region that will eventually take the place of the conifers that were first planted here.
Yatir Forest is also about history, and the group visited the remnants of the Anim synagogue, which was established in the fourth century and existed until the eighth century CE. At the top of the ruin are the remnants of a square structure whose walls are approximately five meters thick. The structure served as a fortress during the period of the kings of Judah.
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