Water and Archaeology Mission from Germany Visits Israel.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
“Our goal is to present new sides of Israel through direct encounters with various officials,” said Tal Kaizman, KKL-JNF Germany mission director. “In this manner, we will create ambassadors for KKL-JNF projects and strengthen the participants’ bond to the land of Israel.”
On their first day (the mission was in Israel from November 28 – December 6), the mission visited Sataf Springs, the City of David in Jerusalem and the Western Wall. Dr. Yuval Gadot, an archaeologist from Tel Aviv University, presented a lecture on archaeology in Israel.
The next day, the group went south, where they visited German States Forest. At the Vidor Center they learned about agriculture and community development in the Arava, and at the Arava International Center for Agriculture and Training (AICAT) they were very impressed by Israeli knowhow, which gives students from developing countries throughout the world tools to develop agriculture in their home countries.
At the Kfar Saba biofilter they met Yehiel Cohen, KKL-JNF Central Region Deputy Director, who explained about the unique technology that was developed with the support of friends of JNF Australia to harvest urban runoff, treat it using biological and physical means that are friendly to the environment, and then channel the water to the aquifer or for irrigation. Three such installments have been built in Israel to date: at Kfar Saba, Ramle and Bat Yam. The monitoring systems that were installed show that the technology is working excellently: after the polluted urban runoff has been treated by the biofilter, its quality is almost that of drinking water.
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