Nature and Landscape Surveys as a Foundation for Planning: Objectives
Because Israel is one of the most densely-populated countries in the world, the use of its land reserves has to be most judiciously and meticulously planned. For sustainable planning, a precise knowledge of the main important natural landscape features of the region in question is extremely important, and the survey and appraisal of open areas is designed to answer this need. Areas slated for massive development such as construction, infrastructures, etc., need to be located, while those portions of land that are to remain designated open spaces, such as nature reserves, forests, and other protected areas, need to be carefully managed.
The surveys present basic facts relating to the region (general contours, types of vegetation, heritage sites, etc.), together with information that allows this particular area to be appraised and compared with others and so facilitates the creation of plans that conserve the most valuable areas and preserve them for future generations. It also provides planners with a tool than enables them not only to conserve these areas as open spaces, but also to ensure that any activities planned for them are appropriate to the conservation of the character of their nature and landscape.