UN FAO Officials Visit KKL-JNF Forests in the Desert
On Friday, January 24, Mr. Eduardo Rojas-Briales of Spain, the Assistant Director-General and Head of the United Nation's FAO Forestry Department, and Professor Christine Farcy of Belgium, European Commission Vice President for Forestry at FAO and chairperson of the Silva Mediterranea evaluation panel, were KKL-JNF's guests for a 24-hour visit to the western and eastern Negev to see Israel's accomplishments in desert forestry firsthand.
The guests were accompanied by KKL-JNF Southern Region Deputy Director Itzik Moshe, KKL-JNF Chief Forest David Brand and KKL JNF Director of International Relations, Karine Bolton. The day's tour included visits to the KKL-JNF nursery in Gilat, a jeep trip to Wadi Zaida, and Meitar and Yatir Forests.
"I had read of Israel's achievements in desert afforestation in a special edition of a German journal of forestry," Mr. Rojas said, "and Karine invited me to Israel when I met her in Europe last December. I am very happy to be here, because you can listen to music on a CD, but it is nothing like being at a live concert."
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries-in-transition to modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, with the goal of ensuring food security for all.