Nigerian Forestry Delegation 758.
(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
A delegation of 23 professionals from Nigeria, guests of the Weitz Center for Development Studies, spent an afternoon in the Negev and saw how KKL-JNF takes advantage of a limited water supply to plant trees and control land degradation.
On Sunday, November 30, a group of 23 Nigerian professionals joined KKL-JNF's Gil Siaki
for a visit to the western Negev, where they saw how KKL-JNF water management methods
makes it possible to plant trees in the desert and fight erosion caused by land abuse. The group, who are guests of the Weitz Center for Development Studies in Rehovot, are here for about ten days to participate in a seminar on climate change. They were accompanied by Jeremy Ben Shalom, Head of Sustainable Development at the Weitz Center, which is a non-profit NGO engaged in training and consulting on assets-based local development in Israel and in the developing world. More than 4,000 professionals from developing countries have taken part in the Weitz Center training programs, based on leveraging local assets for development and poverty alleviation.
Reverend Engineer Kelvin E. Igbanigbor, who works with the Ministry of Environment of the Abia States of Nigeria, found KKL-JNF's achievements especially interesting, "since we are working together with the World Bank on a project to control erosion. In Nigeria we have more area than you do here, and more area means more erosion. We have seen some solutions to this problem that I think we can put into place in Nigeria."
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