(photo credit: KKL)
Sharing our knowledge and experience as part of the global effort
KKL-JNF - Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund is a non-governmental organization (NGO) responsible for afforestation and sustainable development in Israel. As such, it plays a vital role in protecting and preserving the environment through several major action areas. These entail water conservation in its widest perspective; forestry and open spaces management; sustainability education; community development; tourism and recreation; arid land and agricultural research and development.
Mitigating Climate Change
Adapting to a Changing Climate
- KKL-JNF forests are among the largest man planted forests in the Mediterranean Middle East and as such continue to be a source of substantial carbon sequestration for the entire region. Research data accumulated at the Yatir Forest carbon monitoring station has demonstrated that forests in arid regions sequester carbon nearly at the same rate as the world average for forests in temperate regions.
- KKL-JNF’s afforestation in Mediterranean arid and semi-arid areas prevents soil erosion thus also reducing soil carbon emissions.
- KKL-JNF has recently become an active leader in developing and implementing community based clean and renewable solar energy projects throughout Israel, particularly in the Arava desert.
- In cooperation with the Weizmann Institute of Science, KKL-JNF supports research on carbon sequestration at the only carbon monitoring station in the Eastern Mediterranean region. The station is situated in the KKL-JNF forests in the northern Negev desert. Research conducted at the station has lead to an improved understanding of the process of carbon sequestration and the impacts of arid afforestation on sequestration rates.
- KKL-JNF’s land management and afforestation practices have been at the forefront of Israel’s effort to combated encroaching desertification.
- The experience, practical know-how and technologies developed by KKL-JNF in forest management, water reclamation and conservation and soil erosion prevention, may serve as a model for countries in similar semi arid and arid regions of the world.
- KKL-JNF funds and conducts ongoing research in cooperation with Israel’s higher education and research institutions. In doing so it has gained substantive and specialized knowledge in spheres such as the management of adapted forests, forest interaction in semi-arid regions, research and monitoring, soil conservation and biological pest control.
- KKL-JNF is willing to share its experience, research and technologies with agencies and countries facing similar challenges and help in turning climate threats into opportunities for advancing sustainable land and afforestation practices.
- Water conservation and management projects undertaken by KKL-JNF have had a significant influence on the Israeli water economy. Most notably, KKL-JNF water reservoirs storing treated wastewater and storm runoff have added over 8% to the national water supply. These reservoirs play a vital role in the development of irrigated agriculture and prevent soil contamination and underground water pollution.
- Applied agricultural research carried out at KKL-JNF R&D stations support and enable highly technological yet sustainable farming in arid regions. This research and its outcomes support the livelihoods of the inhabitants of Israel’s arid areas. KKL-JNF shares its agricultural research and technology with different countries and aspires to expand dissemination of this knowledge.
Research & Development
KKL-JNF at a Glance
Forestry & Environment
- Founded in 1901, KKL-JNF is the largest "green organization" in Israel and one of the oldest ecological organizations in the world.
- KKL-JNF has planted more than 230 million trees over an area exceeding 100,000 hectares.
- Our forests and woodlands are at the forefront of combating desertification and improving the carbon balance in the environment. They create "green lungs" around communities for health and relaxation.
- Biosphere parks, the ultimate integration of humans and their environment, are becoming a KKL-JNF trademark.
- KKL-JNF staff is on guard 24 hours a day, preventing wildfires in forests and woodlands using the latest firefighting equipment with fire watchtowers throughout the country.
- KKL-JNF has built over 200 reservoirs which, combined, amount to 10% of Israel's water and treated wastewater collection facilities.
- Freshwater reservoirs play a role in irrigation, fish breeding, and recreation and help replenish Israel's depleted aquifers.
- Our recycled wastewater reservoirs free precious fresh water while at the same time preventing pollution.
- KKL-JNF and other national institutions work together to clean Israel's streams, springs and rivers and to develop their potential as a natural and scenic resource for public benefit and as an additional source of clean, fresh water.
- KKL-JNF contributes towards Israel's agricultural and economic advantage by funding basic and applied research.
- KKL-JNF cooperates with international organizations to find solutions to challenges in worldwide forestry, watershed management and arid land management problems. KKL-JNF supports and implements R&D projects with global implications and shares its knowledge with the rest of the world.
- KKL-JNF has a major impact on the Israeli economy by developing agricultural jobs and an export economy in produce, fish and flowers.
Tourism & Recreation
- KKL-JNF has developed over 1000 recreation areas, agriculture infrastructure and revenue-generating tourism facilities.
- KKL-JNF has redeemed over 280,000 hectares of land for developing communities, reclaimed over 100,000 hectares for farming.
- KKL-JNF has created thousand of parks, forests and recreation areas, preserving Israel's beauty and resources for future generations.
- Our forests are home to a myriad of activities: from cycling to hiking, from a leisurely picnic to a brisk jog in the woods or outdoor leadership seminars.
- KKL-JNF adapts existing parks and facilities in Israel for people with disabilities so families and friends can enjoy nature together.
- KKL-JNF plays a key role in restoring historical and archaeological sites in Israel.