KKL-JNF: For a Sustainable Future for Israel

Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund and its partners worldwide, together for more than a century; • developing the land for a sustainable future • supporting Zionist and environmental education • enhancing the bond between the Jewish people and their homeland • building connections with people who love Israel • responding to the country's changing needs with the comprehensive Israel 2040 plan to strengthen the Negev and the Galilee • preserving our natural and cultural heritage • cooperating with the UN on environmental issues for a viable tomorrow.
KKL-JNF's work in Israel is concentrated into six action areas that include water, forestry and environment, education, community development and security, tourism and recreation, and research and development.


  • KKL-JNF has planted more than 240 million trees.


  • KKL-JNF manages and maintains more than 400,000 acres (160,000 ha) of forests and woodlands:


      • combating desertification

      • reducing greenhouse gas emissions

      • creating green lungs around and within communities

      • enhancing biodiversity


  • KKL-JNF develops biosphere parks, the ultimate integration of humans and their environment.


  • KKL-JNF staff is on guard day and night, preventing wildfires in forests and woodlands with the help of forest watchtowers and the latest firefighting equipment.


  • KKL-JNF implements the latest research in rehabilitating damaged forests.


  • KKL-JNF is a partner in the country's environmental projects.


Read more about Forestry and Ecology



  • KKL-JNF has helped build 230 reservoirs and dams, providing two thirds of the water for Israel's agriculture.


  • KKL-JNF's recycled wastewater reservoirs free up precious freshwater for domestic use while preventing groundwater pollution.


  • KKL-JNF rehabilitates and develops springs and riverbanks.


  • KKL-JNF prevents erosion and desertification by repairing flood damage and regulating drainage.


  • KKL-JNF develops new water resources.


  • KKL-JNF develops and maintains the Hula Valley, which helps prevent pollutants from reaching Lake Kinneret, and continues to develop the Hula Lake Park.


Read more about Water for Israel


  • KKL-JNF develops recreation sites, agricultural infrastructure and income-generating tourism facilities.


  • KKL-JNF redeemed over 700,000 acres (280,000 ha) of land for developing communities, prepared over 250,000 acres (100,000 ha) for agriculture in 1,000 rural communities and built 8,000 kilometers of security and agricultural roads in outlying and border communities.


  • KKL-JNF develops inviting outdoor areas where soldiers can meet with their families.


  • KKL-JNF develops parks and community forests that make a difference to the quality of life for both urban and rural dwellers.


  • KKL-JNF landscapes and develops the environs of community facilities.

Read more about People and Environment




  • KKL-JNF establishes informal education Houses for Excellence in Negev and Galilee cities to empower high school youth.


  • KKL-JNF grants scholarships to high-tech students in the periphery.


  • KKL-JNF promotes the High-Tech Campus in the Galilee.


  • KKL-JNF supports the CamTech (High-Tech Campus) project in Arad.


  • KKL-JNF invests in coworking spaces for high-tech companies in the periphery.


  • KKL-JNF operates Field and Forest Education Centers, instilling environmental and heritage values.


  • KKL-JNF fosters eco-Zionist youth and senior leadership.


  • KKL-JNF engages people with special needs in outdoor activities.


Read more about Youth and Education


  • KKL-JNF has created thousands of parks, forests and recreation sites open 24/7 and free of charge.


  • KKL-JNF has created thousands of kilometers of walking and cycling trails, crisscrossing the country.


  • KKL-JNF is working to make existing parks accessible to all.


  • KKL-JNF partners in restoring Israel's historical, archaeological and heritage sites.


  • KKL-JNF organizes events and tours at its sites, promoting knowledge and love of the Land of Israel.


  • KKL-JNF promotes eco and agritourism projects.


Read more about Tourism and Recreation


  • KKL-JNF supports the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at the Kinneret Academic College, the Carmel Academic Center and the Yezreel Valley College.


  • KKL-JNF makes wetland research in the Hula Valley possible.


  • KKL-JNF promotes the work of R&D stations in the periphery for cutting- edge and ecologically sustainable agriculture.


  • KKL-JNF shares its knowledge and know-how in forestry, water and arid land management with other countries.

Read more about Research and Develpoment


Ensure the country's national, economic and social strength:

Attract half a million people to the Galilee; one million to the Negev

Intensify peripheral community and economic development

Relocate high-tech industries from the center and abroad to the periphery

Educate for excellence through informal learning initiatives