Do You Share To Fight Global Warming

Throughout the last century, Jewish National Fund has been known for greening the land of Israel – planting 240 million trees and creating over a thousand parks and recreational areas. While our program will allow you to offset your own emissions by planting trees in Israel, JNF has become a global environmental leader by performing comprehensive, cutting edge work to help solve the problems that are plaguing our planet.

Today, JNF grapples with the challenge of balancing the phenomenal growth and development of Israel in the last decade with maintaining an ecologically sound environment. As such, JNF sponsors conferences on battling land degradation and combating desertification, shares afforestation and water conservation techniques across the world, funds research on grappling with arid land management, invests in alternative and solar energy projects, and leads the world in water desalination and purification techniques.

We invite you to learn more about some of the many vital projects we are undertaking:

AfforestationAgricultural Research and DevelopmentCombating DesertificationSustainable Water Development
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Thanks to JNF’s efforts, Israel is one of the few countries in the world with more trees today than a century ago. Among our achievements are:

  • Planting more than 240 million trees on 250,000 acres (12,500 acres of forest each year)
  • Caring for 100,000 acres of natural woodlands
  • Developing more than 500 picnic and recreation sites and regional parks that welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year
  • Creating means for thousands of children and adults to plant trees on Tu B’Shevat each year as an expression of their love for the land and their concern for enhancing its environment
  • Organizing seminars and courses for hundreds of high school students each year on ecological themes

In addition, in the aftermath of the war with Hezbollah in 2006, JNF is implementing the principles of sustainable development and sustainable forest management as it seeks to re-green the north. The multi-faceted plan includes:

  • Working with natural systems and the enhancement of biological diversity as a central guideline
  • Preserving the size and quality of the current forest inventory for future generations
  • Advancing the economic use of the forest for tourism, wood production, and pasture
  • Keeping access open and free for all to use
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JNF sponsors a network of regional agricultural research and development stations in Israel, where leading scientists work closely with local farmers, Israeli research institutes, and universities. In order to increase agricultural sustainability, profitability, and stability, these stations work on:

  • Identifying and introducing new strains of agricultural crops by testing flowers and vegetables for attractiveness, taste, color, and shelf life
  • Developing fishery farms, as well as new species and strains of fish for raising in closed circuit filtration ponds supplied by locally drilled underground geothermal waters
  • Optimizing growth regime variables such as light, temperature, humidity, irrigation, and nutrition to cut costs and increase crop efficiency
  • Developing organically grown agricultural export products targeting the American, Japanese, and other overseas markets
  • Monitoring, controlling, and eradicating the harmful Mediterranean Fruit Fly which attacks more than 260 fruit and vegetable varieties in the region
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According to estimates by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), one quarter of the earth's land is threatened by desertification -- a process of land degradation in arid, semi-arid, and dry sub-humid areas resulting from factors such as climatic variation and human activity. The livelihoods of over one billion people in more than 100 countries are also jeopardized by this process, as farming and grazing land becomes less productive. Desertification also contributes to other environmental crises, such as the loss of biodiversity and global warming.

Because more than 60% of Israel’s land is arid and semi-arid, JNF has invested extensive resources in a broad ecological and environmental program to combat desertification and to upgrade degraded lands by:

  • Developing new strains of crops suited to semi-arid and arid areas in order to control pests and provide solutions to desert soil diseases
  • Planting rows of individual trees along earthen ridges to capture surface runoff
  • Planting “liman” tree clusters in banked-up water catchment depressions for shade and greenery
  • Building floodwater control dams in dry river beds to protect fields from soil erosion
  • Building water storage facilities that store purified sewage overflow to irrigate farms in Israel’s southern expanses
  • Sponsoring desert management programs which enhance productivity and biodiversity, repair damaged arid lands, and restore indigenous flora and fauna
  • Utilizing purified waste waters and collected surface run off to create recreational green belts near towns and rural communities
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With the Negev desert making up almost 2/3rds of Israel’s land mass and rainfall only occurring during the winter months, there is a chronic water shortage in the country. Rapid population growth and rising living standards have compounded this shortage, while frequent droughts have lowered fresh water reserves to critically dangerous levels. In recent years JNF has been helping to alleviate the national water shortage by:

  • Building more than 180 water reservoirs and dams across Israel with a combined storage capacity of more than 34 billion gallons of water, freeing up enough water to meet the needs of over 1.2 million Israelis each year
  • Recycling waste water which prevents the flow of concentrated raw sewage over Israel’s countryside with the accompanying danger of polluting underground aquifers and its ultimate flow to the sea
  • Reviving Israel’s river ways by dredging them of accumulated debris and polluted sediments, repairing sluggish flow, and stabilizing embankments against soil erosion with tree and shrub plantings