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Ever since the establishment of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) in 1995, the Conference of Parties (COP) to the UNFCC has been gathering each year to discuss issues in climate change and to assess steps taken to deal with climate change. The 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) will be held this year in Durban, South Africa, beginning November 28th and ending December 9th.
KKL-JNF will hold a side event at the conference, and will also run a booth throughout its duration. In addition, KKL-JNF will run several events in the South African Jewish community. These activities will give KKL-JNF the opportunity to present its achievements in Technical Transfer and Capacity Building in three main areas, for the benefit of mankind:
- Afforestation in Arid and Semi-Arid Areas in Response to Climate Change & Desertification
- Watershed Management
- Biological Control Methods
Israel, which currently has observer status at COP, sends an official delegation every year, consisting of government ministers and top representatives in the environmental and business sectors. True to its mission to share their knowledge and experience as part of the global effort, the KKL-JNF delegation forms part of the official delegation every year, giving KKL-JNF the opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with other countries, and to develop working relationships.
Included in this year's KKL-JNF delegation are Dr. Orr Karassin, an Environmental Law specialist at the Open University and a member of the KKL-JNF Board of Directors; Mr. Itzik Moshe, Deputy Director of KKL-JNF's Southern Region; Mr. David Brand, KKL-JNF Head Forester and Research Director; and Ms. Karine Bolton, Director of International, Relations at KKL-JNF.
Joining Israel's official delegation will be Ministry for Environmental Protection General Director, advocate Alona Shaefer–Karo and Chief Scientist Sinia Netanyahu; Mr. Omer Caspi and Ms. Shira Meir from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Mr. Gadi Weissman from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The list of delegates will be finalized in the following days. KKL-JNF Events at COP 17Side Event
On December 3rd, KKL-JNF will be running a side event at the conference, where senior KKL-JNF professionals Itzik Moshe and David Brand will be giving a lecture titled: Modifying Afforestation Practices in Adaptation to Climate Change. KKL-JNF will present its achievements in developing sustainable afforestation practices, such as using advanced techniques for watershed management, soil conservation, & biological control. By sharing its knowledge with others, KKL-JNF will be able to turn ecological challenges into opportunities.KKL-JNF Booth at the Conference Pavilion
Together with KKL-JNF South Africa personnel, KKL-JNF will run an information booth throughout the conference, with posters, banners, and films featuring KKL-JNF projects in Israel and around the world. The booth will distribute informational materials and business cards, and will have a guestbook available for interested visitors to leave their contact details, paving the way for continued communication once the conference has ended. Community Dinner
KKL-JNF is holding a major community event with Israeli Ambassador to South Africa HE Mr. Dov Segev-Steinberg in attendance. KKL-JNF South Africa will give a tour of their environmental education programs for local journalists several days before the event. The tour will feature a lunch, where an 'eco-cholent' (a cholent that is kosher, vegetarian, organic and cooked on a solar cooker) will be served. More Special Events
One Million Trees Before COP 17! - This campaign to plant 1 million trees is already underway in Jewish communities around the world. People are being encouraged to plant three trees each: one in their place of residence, a second one in a marginalized community, and a third one with KKL-JNF, in contribution to their efforts to rejuvenate forests destroyed in the Carmel fires last year.
Let Your Voices Be Heard: Children and youth in day-schools, after-school Hebrew programs and youth movements are writing, drawing or painting
messages to world leaders. The messages will be compiled into a book titled 'To the Leaders of the World, from the Youth of the World: Give us a Legacy with which we can Live.'
Sign the Petition – We have Faith! Act Now for Climate Justice! - Congregations are being encouraged to sign messages petitioning for climate justice. All messages will be placed in a special box which will be presented to the head of COP 17.
Global Prayer Day – December 4th: KKL-JNF will be holding a special interfaith prayer service on December 4th, and is encouraging communities to hold prayer services throughout the world. KKL-JNF is currently publicizing this event in every country with the help of the organization Religions for Peace.
Further information on KKL-JNF events at COP 17 will follow over the duration of the conference.
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