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A variety of research papers in which KKL-JNF was involved – with the help of its Friends worldwide – was presented at the Israel Land Development Authority’s annual Study Day; topics included afforestation, agriculture and ecology. Researchers, professionals in the various fields and students who have received scholarships for excellence from the René Karshon Foundation all met up at the convention, which was held at the Volcani Institute for Agricultural Research in Beit Dagan.
“The challenge is to apply the new knowledge in the field,” said KKL-JNF Chief Forester David Brand.
Dr. Yishayahu Bar-Or, Deputy Director General of Natural Resources at Israel’s Ministry for Environmental Protection, reminded his listeners of the ever-growing cooperation with KKL-JNF on a variety of ecological issues. Among other things, he mentioned the shared efforts to create firebreaks in the forests and the restoration and rehabilitation of Israel’s rivers, and called for more extensive collaboration in these areas.
“Agriculture is regarded as the wayward brother of nature,” said Professor Yoram Kapulnik, Director of the Agricultural Research Administration. “Our task is to provide food, and today we are more convinced than ever that we can carry out this task while continuing to conserve the environment. Sustainable agriculture is an integral part of our research activities.”
Land Development Authority Director Kobi Mor pointed out that KKL-JNF invests substantial sums in research, mainly for the benefit of future generations: “The eventual result of this research is cleaner air, water and food,” he said, and added: “The young researchers are the foresters of the future, who will carry on the work that we are engaged in today.”
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