(photo credit: KKL-JNF)
How does one create international cooperation for promoting environmental issues in a region as complex as the Middle East? A special session at the WLC addressed this topic attended by the Honorable Amir Peretz, Israel Minister of Environmental Protection.
The Honorable Amir Peretz, Israel Minister of Environmental Protection, began by quoting Mark Twain, who described his impressions after traveling in the land of Israel. “It appears that of all the countries with depressing landscapes, Israel wins first place, wrote the famous American author,” and, continued Peretz, “I wonder what Twain would say if he were to visit Israel today. I wish someone would write the sequel, Mark Twain Meets KKL-JNF."
KKL-JNF Chief Forester, Dr. David Brand, led a panel that included Dr. Thomas Hoekstra, Chief Forester (Ret.) in the USDA Forest Service; the Honorable Christine Melnick, Manitoba Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism, from Canada; and Suhail Zeidan of the KKL-JNF Forestry Department, who maintains regular contact in his work with the Palestinian Authority (PA).
“Due to climate changes, many countries are facing challenges similar to those of Israel, which has made KKL-JNF's knowledge more relevant than ever,” said Brand, who also noted that KKL-JNF shares the knowledge it has acquired with countries in other parts of the world. “Together with the KKL-JNF representatives in different countries, we can promote international collaborations. This can contribute a great deal to the image of Israel as well as to the involvement of the younger generation in KKL-JNF's work,” said Brand.
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