THE KKL-JNF POSITION.
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KKL-JNF'S POLICY OF ADAPTATION
Mitigating Where We Can
Adapting Where We Must
2004 KKL-JNF adopted the policy of sustainable management for all its
lands and projects throughout the country. KKL-JNF will update this
policy in the light of global changes and Israel's effort to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. KKL-JNF will consolidate a detailed study to
explore the effects of afforestation, land preparation, pastures and
water projects, in accordance with advanced principles for preventing
soil erosion and increased carbon sequestration in those open areas
under the administration of KKL-JNF; and will make this study available
to organizations that administer lands in Israel.
Since climate change is unavoidable, KKL-JNF will formulate the
policy for administering forests and open areas in view of recent
predictions regarding climate change, particularly anticipated changes
in types and amounts of precipitation, the effect of extreme weather
conditions, extended dry periods and the increased likelihood of fires
As the largest Green organization in Israel, KKL-JNF will
develop an ambitious voluntary strategy to reduce carbon emissions,
setting goals for its gradual reduction through Green construction in
KKL-JNF offices, the development and implementation of alternative
energy sources, economizing on energy, water and employee
transportation, reducing waste and separating refuse at the source. In
addition, KKL-JNF will change employee behavior through education and
KKL-JNF's research divisions will consolidate all
research methods funded by KKL-JNF in the academic sphere, the sphere
of agricultural research and development and the sphere of
administrative research of land development, to formulate
recommendations on how to prepare for climate change and reduce global
warming. R&D will focus on narrowing gaps in professional
information, developing technologies and the interface between
essential projects i.e. water, land and afforestation projects.
KKL-JNF will act to disseminate its acquired information,
experience and technology to organizations in Israel and worldwide,
particularly to developing countries with similar arid and semi-arid
climatic conditions in order to further enable such countries to
contend with climate changes, to develop their economies and to
maintain environmental sustainability.
will enlist the support of Diaspora Jewry and friends of Israel
worldwide to promote its policies of adaptation to climatic change and
its projects for reducing emissions.
KKL-JNF will promote the acquisition of offsets (the balance of
carbon dioxide emissions) for the thousands of visitors who fly to
Israel through KKL-JNF and will systemize "climatic responsibility" for
tourists visiting Israel in plans which will be made available to
KKL-JNF'S POSITION ON THE CONFERENCE AGENDA
KKL-JNF supports the initiative of the minister for Environmental Protection to consolidate reduction goals
and operational plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Israel.
KKL-JNF believes it is extremely important for the government of Israel
to act as soon as possible to formulate, finance, and implement an
ambitious and comprehensive program to reduce emissions.
In light of the complex threats facing Israel as a result of
both present and expected climate changes, KKL-JNF calls upon the
government of Israel to adopt a comprehensive policy of adaptation to
climate change based on the latest predictions of its effects and to begin financing and implementing this policy immediately.
KKL-JNF supports the initiative of the minister for
Environmental Protection to establish a Center for international
information in Israel that will bring together technologies, research
and experience in the field of climate change adaptation. KKL-JNF calls
for the allocation of the required national resources for the
establishment of this Center and will cooperate in its establishment.
KKL-JNF is prepared to share with such a Center, all the information
and practical experience it has accumulated on the administration of
open areas, afforestation and associated research.
Since KKL-JNF considers that it is essential for the State of
Israel to join the Adaptation Fund Committee and the GEF it is
committed to providing whatever assistance is required.
For more information, please visit our website at www.kkl.org.il/eng or e-mail [email protected]