On the Galilee, its Environment and its Heritage

April 20, 2017 17:34

The 19th annual conference on “New Research of the Galilee and its Surroundings” at the Tel Hai Academic College in northern Israel near Kiryat Shmona.

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On the Galilee, its Environment and its Heritage. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

The conference, which is sponsored by KKL-JNF, has become a tradition at the institution and covers a wide variety of subjects, all of which have connection to the
region in which it takes place.


This year there were over thirty sessions over the three-day event, delivered by some 85 lecturers and experts from all over the country, in the fields of ecology, geography, history, sociology, education, archeology, economics, anthropology, defense, religion and more.


A central feature was a panel on KKL-JNF's work in developing the Galilee.


One session was on “Waste Management in the Upper Galilee” and attracted a large and concerned local audience.   The panel was chaired by Idit Chemel of the Northern Galilee Regional Council, which has a large vested interest in the subject.  Chemel said that waste management was “a complex issue which is under constant scrutiny for better and more efficient methods of collection, transport, treatment and disposal”.


Dr. Nimrod Halamish who is an expert in environmental engineering and hydrology explained that treating the garbage to make it less harmful, and then burying it in the ground or in landfills, is still the most popular and inefficient method of waste disposal. Halamish is leading a team that is finalizing the design of an advanced ecological waste disposal facility which will be erected in the Northern Galilee.


“Garbage can become an asset rather than a liability if it is treated differently.  Within the garbage there are elements which can be recovered by effective sorting, separation and recycling. Some sorted elements can be used as raw material for new products, others as fuel for renewable energy, and still others for composting. In this way we can profit from our waste rather than bury it all.”


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