H2010 - The Impact of the Symposium on Future Water Supplies

KKL-JNF Co-Chairman Avraham Duvdevani spoke in the same vein. "This conference addresses water and the future of water supply in our countries, matters of utmost importance not only for our selves.

January 19, 2010 14:56
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At the festive opening of the Manitoba-Israel Water symposium, both the Canadian ambassador to Israel, H.E. Jon Allen and KKL-JNF Co-Chairman, Avraham Duvdevani, were in agreement on the global impact of the symposium. This became quite clear during the gala dinner on the first evening.

Ambassador Allen confessed that he was somewhat envious of conference participants as he personally was unable to attend the symposium discussions and tours in northern Israel this week - particularly as his sister is a member of Kibbutz Kfar Blum, where the Symposium will be hosted. "Cooperation of the sort we see here between Canadians and Israelis is critical not only for our two countries but for the entire world. This is exactly the sort of relationship-building that may well affect the world as we know it. I have learned how Israel has become a global hydrology power in the framework of the global climate change. Bravo!"

KKL-JNF Co-Chairman Avraham Duvdevani spoke in the same vein. "This conference addresses water and the future of water supply in our countries, matters of utmost importance not only for our selves. We hope that whatever we promote and develop will eventually become a blessing for mankind in general." Duvdevani quoted traditional sources to illustrate just how important water has been in Jewish culture since the time of the patriarchs. He further noted that in the book "Altneuland," Theodore Herzl, founding father of the modern State of Israel, emphasized the importance of water availability, without which it is impossible to realize the Zionist vision.

The evening session was opened by Mel Lazareck, President of KKL-JNF in Manitoba, who is the spirit behind the unique relationship that has developed between the KKL-JNF and the Manitoba government. Lazareck described their far-reaching activities on behalf of quality of life in Manitoba itself; on behalf of education and society in their province; and particularly in strengthening research and science-related contacts with Israeli scientists through KKL-JNF.

The central address of the gala dinner was delivered by Dr. Yossi Leshem, who for over a half an hour described the importance of Israel's few water bodies for the global bird migration network. Leshem's lively lecturing style had his audience rolling in laughter and the hearty applause left no doubt that he would be invited to Manitoba in the near future to meet hundreds of birdwatchers, as part of KKL-JNF activities in Canada.

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