KKL-JNF: 113 Years of Green Action

Over the past 113 years, KKL-JNF's efforts on behalf of Israel and the environment have constantly developed and evolved. During 2014, KKL-JNF expanded the scope of its activities while supporting the residents of the south during Operation Protective Edge.

Solidarity with the South - Operation Protective Edge


Relief activities for children in Israel's south. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

2014 was a complex year for Israel. The incessant barrage of missiles that were fired on Israel from the Gaza Strip led to Operation Protective Edge, and KKL-JNF supported the residents of Israel's southern region by providing portable bomb shelters, organizing respite tours to its sites throughout the country, paving security roads and more. Here are just a few examples:
 
 
 

Forests and Parks Generating Change


Children in Jerusalem Metropolitan Park. Photo: Yoav Devir

Forests and parks are complex ecosystems, home to a myriad of plants and animals. They were not always part of Israel's landscape - the first Jewish pioneers who came to the land of Israel found a desolate land that provided no shade whatsoever. Today, KKL-JNFs's forests and parks are a major part of Israel's landscape and they have a catalyzing and positive effect on their surroundings. 
 
 
 

KKL-JNF and the Israel Defense Forces


Soldier-Family green meeting point. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

In accordance with a decision reached over a decade ago, the IDF is transferring many of its bases in central Israel to the new Training Base (Bahadim) City in the Negev. This project is a major component of the plan to move the IDF to the Negev. As part of its commitment to promoting settlement in the Negev, KKL-JNF, with the help of its friends worldwide, is building soldiers-parents meeting corners and carrying out infrastructure works and environmental landscaping at the new Bahadim City.
 
 

Knowledge in Service of Humanity - International Cooperation


Seeds of Hope project in Ethiopia. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

As in previous years, KKL-JNF continued to share its knowledge and experience with countries and people worldwide during 2014, sponsoring and participating in numerous international conferences, along with showcasing KKL-JNF's technical experience and applied research to professionals visiting Israel.
 
KKL-JNF and Fair Planet collaborate in providing high quality tomato seeds to farmers in eastern Ethiopia, which can thrive under semi-arid conditions.
 
Ms. Monique Barbut, the Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification, was a guest of KKL-JNF in the Western Negev, where she learned about KKL-JNF's achievements in desert afforestation, soil erosion prevention, water reclamation and conservation, and more.

Food Security and Eco-Agritourism - R&D Improves Quality of Life


Innovative crops at the Arava R&D. Photo: Yoav Devir

Regional research and development stations focus on agricultural research and development in peripheral regions of highest national priority. Their primary aim is to aid agriculture and to ensure the profitability of farms by developing new products, improve existing ones and invent new agro-techniques for crops. KKL-JNF shares many of these techniques with developing countries around the world, helping to improve food security for their citizens. In addition, forests and other KKL-JNF sites provide recreation areas and eco-tourism opportunities that also provide much needed 'green lungs' for city dwellers.
 

Coexistence and Cooperation - Israel's Cultural Mosaic


Walking along the Druze Sons' Trail. Photo: Dror Artzi, KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Israeli society is very vibrant and colorful, comprised of people of various ethnicities and religious beliefs. KKL-JNF celebrates this diversity and initiates projects that encourage spontaneous meetings between Israel's different sorts of people, along with honoring the Druze soldiers, who fight side-to-side with Jewish soldiers in the Israeli Army.
  
Many different people use the trail every day, creating an atmosphere of friendship and harmony between Jewish and Arab citizens.

The Druze Sons Trail
The Druze Sons Trail race was held on Mount Carmel in memory of the 398 fallen IDF soldiers who belong to Israel’s Druze community.

KKL-JNF on Behalf of Disadvantaged Populations


Site of future square for the Emek Medical Center in Afula. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

KKL-JNF has devoted considerable resources in recent years to developing suitable facilities for the challenged in its forests and parks, along with supporting the challenged and disabled in many other ways. KKL-JNF's goal is to open nature to all sectors of the population by creating an environment through which challenged people can move safely and comfortably