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(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Conference participants included the government ministers of national infrastructure and environmental protection, the KKL-JNF World Chairman, representatives from the UN, the EU and the Kingdom of Jordan, as well as scientists from Israel and other countries, and executives from various organizations involved in this field.
In order to understand the challenges of the Jordan River and its surrounding banks better, it is not enough to hear scholarly explanations. For this reason, the conference began with an excursion, so that the conference participants could see firsthand how rehabilitating the Jordan River could contribute to the environment, agriculture, tourism and relations between the neighboring countries of Israel and Jordan.
At the Old Gesher site, conference participants heard about tourism initiatives in Israel and in Jordan all along the Jordan River, and they were impressed by the historical bridges from the Roman period to the days of the British Mandate. At Yardena, they viewed the Jordanian side of the border, learned about the agriculture on both sides and heard about the cooperation between the two countries with regard to water and farming. They also heard a report on the mine clearing project being directed by the Israel Ministry of Defense, which aims to make the region accessible to the general public.
After the excursion, participants convened at the conference auditorium in Kibbutz Nir David, where there were lectures, discussions and panels during the two days of the conference (October 20 – 21).
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