Portugal Entomologists Tour the Negev with KKL-JNF.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
A team of research scientists from Portugal spent a week touring Israel in order to become acquainted with its diverse landscapes of forests and open spaces, and to learn about the work being done in these areas. KKL-JNF took the delegation on a two-day tour of its special forestry projects in the Negev and Gaza border region.
Members of the delegation, entomologists from Lisbon University involved in aspects of ecology, forestry and agriculture pertaining to the realm of insects, visited sites such as the Gilboa
mountain range, the Hula Lake,
Hof HaCarmel, the Carmel Forest, the Western Galilee, the Negev and communities on the Gaza border.
“We have been cooperating in scientific research for years already, and this is very meaningful,” said Prof. José Carlos Franco.
“There are many things we can learn from one another,” said his university colleague, Prof. Manuela Branco, “and although the countries are different, we are dealing with similar challenges. Research cannot be disconnected, and cooperation is imperative.”
Prof. Zvi Mendel, an entomologist from the ARO Volcani Institute who hosted the team of scientists from Portugal and accompanied them on their tour in Israel, also stressed the importance of the meeting. “The exchange of information, and touring together professionally, results in better research studies and opens doors for more joint projects.”
The fascinating tour of the Gaza perimeter and the Negev, which was conducted in conjunction with KKL-JNF, was a vital part of their visit in Israel. It was an extraordinary opportunity to discover the arid landscapes of Israel, find out about the work KKL-JNF is doing to develop the region, and meet the unique human landscape of local residents who are making the desert flourish notwithstanding the many difficulties this entails.
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