Delegation Offsets Air-Travel Carbon Planting Trees

Yatir Forest is part of the green belt that KKL-JNF has been working to develop since 1985 around the growing metropolis of Be'er Sheva in the Negev. Planting is currently underway in the northwest section of the city.

By KKL
January 19, 2010 14:13
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KKL-JNF-Delegation. (photo credit: kkl)

 
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In an effort to offset the air travel carbon emissions of members of the official delegation of the State of Israel participating in COP 15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, KKL-JNF has launched an initiative to plant 180 trees in Yatir Forest in the Negev.



Yatir Forest is part of the green belt that KKL-JNF has been working to develop since 1985 around the growing metropolis of Be'er Sheva in the Negev. Planting is currently underway in the northwest section of the city. To date, over 6250 acres (2500 hectares) of green areas have been planted; by 2018, this area is expected to be doubled. The trees planted include a mixture of eucalyptus (forty percent) and broad-leaved trees such as plum, carob, acacia, and terebinth. The development of the green belt includes the rejuvenation and rehabilitation of existing forested areas (in Be'er Sheva Park and Hatserim) as well as planting in new plots.



The rapid growth of the Be'er Sheva metropolis requires the development of green areas enhancing the quality of life for residents in this beautiful but arid section of Israel. Green belts are important in any modern urban area, but they are of special importance in the desert, where they can help combat patterns of desertification. The objective is not to create a dense forest in the European or North American model, but to create a green environment appropriate to the desert. This approach is known as savannization and employs such techniques as planting trees in limans (depressions in which surface runoff collects), building dams to store floodwaters and terraces to prevent erosion. The tree species used in this project are adapted to harsh desert conditions.



Click to Create Your Green Footprint Plant Trees in the Desert Green Belt www.kkl.org.il/calculator



For more about Yatir Forest and the Desert Green Belt, Click Here



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