United States Forest Service (USFS)
The relationship began in 1987, with both KKL-JNF and the USFS collaborating in the "Friends and Partners" program. During the last twenty years, through this unique and diverse program, dozens of joint research topics have been conducted together by both organizations. Over forty missions of technical exchange have taken place with foresters from the USFS coming to Israel and over eighty reciprocal visits and study tours were organized in the United States.
The researches of the US Forest Service in the field and in professional training are a highly valued source of information amongst those dealing with forests in Israel. With its help, advanced methods to monitor forested areas in Israel were introduced to the KKL-JNF, by means of information beamed down from satellites. This remote sensing technology enables mapping and identification of problems that arise in forest areas as a result of pests or from changes in yearly precipitation. Forestry experts from the USA come to Israel for annual advisory visits, while forestry staffers and scientists from KKL-JNF participate regularly in professional workshops in the US held by the Department of Agriculture's Forest Service.
The three main areas of activity are in the fields of research, technological transfer and education. Although there are differences in resources, size of the countries and the nature of the problems, a large base of common issues has been analyzed with ensuing cooperation. Future collaboration will focus on the possibility of dealing with relevant issues of concern and expanding to new areas. Some of the latest topics include: USFS participation in the 2010 International Conference on Dry lands, Deserts and Desertification, a workshop on Cycling in Forests and Open Spaces in Israel, assistance from the USFS in the project of collecting the predatory fly Leucopis tapiae in Hawaii, KKL participation in the Jordan River Restoration Project, collaboration on migratory birds research, butterfly flyway conservation and KKL participation in seminars on protected areas and watershed management.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)The service for the conservation of natural resources operates within the framework of the US Department of Agriculture, assisting farmers in managing agricultural lands. KKL-JNF has developed professional ties with the organization focusing mainly on managing watersheds.
AMEP – The Arava Medfly Eradication ProjectThe Mediterranean fruit fly is one of the most serious agricultural pests in Israel, attacking some 60 different plant species. Current chemical pest control methods are harmful to the environment. AMEP is part of the EASTMED project to use biological methods to eradicate the medfly jointly in several Middle Eastern countries. KKL-JNF supports this and other studies as part of its policy to encourage the development of new, environmentally-sound farming methods.
The Green Agriculture Revolution in AfricaKKL-JNF has been invited to join as a partner in an international forum – The Green Revolution - which will involve Israeli NGOs and government ministries in an international effort to find ways to improve the environment and agriculture around the world. It is being currently sponsored by noted experts who led in advancing the United Nations Millennium Goals.
The Green Revolution is a term used to describe the period from around 1960 to 1990 when there was a tremendous boom in agricultural productivity in the developing world, especially in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Governments invested heavily in agricultural research and modern science was put to use to find ways of producing more food and fighting widespread famine.
A main concertation of the forum is to make certain that food production will be sustainable, and everyone, including poor farmers have access to take advantage of the Green Revolution's resources and breakthroughs. KKL-JNF is confident that its experience and innovative groundwork can help developing nations and make an important contribution to alleviating world hunger.
Rehabilitating Forests in East Timor and IndonesiaTop KKL-JNF forestry experts have been active in both East Timor and Indonesia. Their visit to the largest Muslim state in the world, that still does not officially recognize Israel, led to meetings with Indonesian scientists and foresters and even to the first-ever reciprocal visit by several of them in Israel. The KKL-JNF executives found that they can supply their Indonesian colleagues with much, varied knowledge that they require, in spite of basic difference between Israeli and Indonesian forests, which are rain forests. KKL-JNF helps the two countries to set up tree nurseries in order to rehabilitate forests that were damaged by the long war that raged in this region.
Afforestation and soil conservation in AustraliaA Memorandum of Understanding has been signed for cooperation in the fields of afforestation and soil conservation with the States of Victoria and New South Wales. In addition, KKL-JNF has been cooperating with CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia's national science agency and one of the most diverse research agencies in the world, for many years.
Particular areas of interest and exchange have focused on biological pest control, with Israel sharing its research and successful experience in fighting the wasps that ravage eucalyptus trees.
Israeli-German collaboration in forestry researchIn 2008, as part of the Israel-Germany Scientific Cooperation Year, a group of 20 German scientists visited Israel. The scientists are involved in environmental research in German forests. There were initially some doubts and surprise – “Are there even forests in Israel?” one German professional wondered aloud. However, it soon became obvious that questions relating to forest development, rehabilitation, and the environmental effects on forests, are common to Israel and Germany, in spite of the basically different climates and vegetation between Germany’s immense forests and Israel’s modestly sized stretches of trees.
Annual forestry conference in South AfricaIn May 2009, David Brand from KKL-JNF’s Forestry & Development Department participated in an annual forestry conference in Pretoria, South Africa. The conference brings together academics, foresters, and officials and focused mainly on discussion of forest diseases and pests. David Brand presented his hosts with vegetal material containing the natural enemies of invader wasps that have begun to affect large areas of forest in South Africa.