An Environmental Protection Ministry master plan to protect Israel’s coastal cliffs from collapse received the approval of the National Council for Planning and Building on Tuesday, the ministry announced that day.
Formulated in partnership with the Interior Ministry’s Planning Authority, the Environment Ministry’s plan will enable local authorities to issue expedited building permits to reinforce portions of the coastal cliffs that are in danger of collapse, the ministry said.
Every year, the coastal cliffs lose between 40 cm. and 50 cm., and their collapse endangers human life and generates billions of shekels worth of damage to real estate, heritage sites and infrastructure, according to the ministry.
“This is a significant environmental achievement,” said Deputy Environmental Protection Minister Ophir Akunis, whose office will be funding the program. “The approval of the plan will enable the preservation of a unique asset, curb the disintegration of the cliffs and thereby save money and develop the coastal areas for the public.”