KKL-JNF Global Landscapes Seminar at Expo 2015.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
Seminar speakers included professionals from Israel and representatives of Mincio Park in Mantua.
Over 80 people, most of them professionals, including municipal officials, representatives of parks, students and others, crowded the KKL-JNF compound in the Israel Pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan for a seminar on global landscapes management. Demand for participation was so high that registration had to be stopped due to lack of space in the auditorium. The seminar took place in cooperation with the Parco del Mincio- a park in the city of Mantua which is located in the Lombardy region of northern Italy; the Economic and Trade Mission of the Israeli Embassy; and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.
Opening remarks were presented by KKL-JNF Southern Region Planning Director Anat Gold, who said that "As a planning professional, I cannot stress how important the global landscape approach is when planning national, regional, restoration and conservation projects. Over the years the world has learned that in order to create healthy ecosystems, which can also be enjoyed by humans, we must look beyond the trees to the entire forest. We must understand that it is only together that trees, landscapes, watersheds, rivers, and open spaces create parks and forests, and that only through the holistic view can we see the bigger picture. Only then can we take into account problems related to climate change such as forest fires, pest control and diseases, droughts and water management, in order to create beautiful, healthy parks for people to use and enjoy."
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