Published on : 08/02/2015
By : Arista Asmawati
A delegation from China visiting Israel toured the Negev with KKL-JNF personnel to learn from KKL-JNF's experience in agriculture in arid regions,
Combating desertification and soil and water technology.
On their tour in Israel, the Chinese delegation got acquainted with KKL-JNF's diverse projects in these fields and encountered landscapes and people all over the country.
“I have no doubt that we can learn a lot from Israeli know-how,” said Mr. Wang Shuwen, the head of delegation and the Deputy Secretary General of the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE).
The delegation arrived from Inner Mongolia, China, in conjunction with four organizations involved with agriculture, environmental protection and international relations -the China Friendship Foundation for Society for Peace and Development (CFFPD), the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE), the Forestry Bureau of Alxa League and the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Bureau of Alxa League.
The tour began in northern Israel at the Ramat Menashe biosphere park, which balances man and nature, preservation and development. In a biospheric park, resources are utilized at a pace that allows for them to be renewed by natural processes. At the Ariel Sharon Park they saw how a colossal mound of waste had been turned into a green lung in the urban metropolis of central Israel, part of a massive rehabilitation project.
If one wants to learn about life and regional development in a desert, the Negev is one of the best places to go to. Dr. David Brand, KKL-JNF Chief Forester, and Mr. Itzhak Moshe, KKL-JNF Deputy Director of the Southern Region, accompanied the delegation on their tour of R&D South, Lahav Forest, Yatir Forest and the Gilat Nursery.
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