Rio +20: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Rio+20 is an historic opportunity for world leaders in government, business and non-profit sectors to shape the coming decade's policies for a sustainable future for all. KKL-JNF, a world leader in sustainable development, will participate in Rio+20, along with Israel's Minister of Environmental Protection.

KKL-JNF at Rio+20


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will take place on June 20 - 22, 2012 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Fifty thousand participants are expected this year, including government representatives, inter-governmental organizations (such as the UN and the World Bank), NGOs and business sectors. The conference is held once every decade. The theme of this year's conference is building a green economy to achieve sustainable development and combating poverty, while improving international cooperation for sustainable development.
KKL-JNF representatives will participate at the conference as part of Israel's official delegation along with Mr. Gilad Erdan, Israel's Minister of Environmental Protection,  and Israel's ambassador to Brazil, Mr. Rafi Eldad. KKL-JNF's delegation to the conference includes Dr. Orr Karassin, a member of the KKL-JNF Board of Director, Mr. David Brand, KKL-JNF Chief Forester, Mr. Itzik Moshe, Deputy Director of KKL-JNF's Southern Region, Ms. Alejandra Kadden of KKL-JNF's Latin American Desk and Mr. Michael Edri, KKL-JNF emissary to Latin America.
During the conference, KKL-JNF will be displaying its diverse fields of activity at the Israeli pavilion, including a video clip on KKL-JNF's achievements in the field of sustainable development along with various publications related to subjects being discussed at the conference.
KKL-JNF Sustainable Development Learning Center and Workshop
KKL-JNF will also hold a Sustainable Development Learning Center workshop on "Water harvesting and afforestation as a means to rehabilitate degraded lands."
Ms. Gerda Verburg, former Minister of Agriculture of the Netherlands will be the opening speaker, and KKL-JNF's David Brand and Itzhak Moshe will speak about advanced practices for gully control and afforestation in semi-arid environments; and tree improvement - traditional and new methods for selection and propagation of drought resistant species, including nursery principles and practices for producing quality saplings; and means and measures of dealing with invasive species.
Dr. Tony Simmons of the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya will be joining the panel.
In addition, the KKL-JNF delegation will be participating in a number of community events in cooperation with the local KKL-JNF bureau.
110 Years of KKL-JNF


KKL-JNF & Sustainability

Water Harvesting

Pumping water for recycling into reservoir.

Photo: Yoav Devir

Israel suffers from a critical water shortage. KKL-JNF has been at the forefront of developing innovative and life-changing solutions to meet the challenge. To date, KKL-JNF has built over 220 water reservoirs, which harvest flood water and recycled water to be re-used for irrigation. More than half of water consumption in Israel (57%) is used for irrigation.
Thanks to the use of recyled water, fresh water use has decreased by 60%. KKL-JNF's water reservoirs provide about 270 million cubic meters of water for agriculture in Israel each year. Many of the reservoirs are multifunctional - they are used for irrigation and for river rehabilitation, for recharging acquifiers and for recreation.

Grazing in the Negev's Yatir forest. 
Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archive

Since the 1980's, KKL-JNF has intensified efforts toward finding sustainable approaches to living in the desert. KKL-JNF supports and uses ecological research to develop ecologically sound practices for managing desert ecosystems. Through afforestation and other innovative soil conservation methods, Israel has been able to settle and cultivate large regions of the desert for agriculture.
Sustainable Parks

Ramot Menashe Park. Photo: KKL-JNF Photo Archives


KKL-JNF works for people and their environment, and in no other area is this principle illustrated so clearly as it is in KKL-JNF sustainable parks. 


Sustainable parks integrate natural and human components in a single relational unit that obligates both sides. These ensure a natural ecosystem that grants protection along with measured consideration for human needs.


More about KKL-JNF's sustainable parks



KKL-JNF International Sustainability Projects

KKL-JNF shares its knowledge and experience all over the world. KKL-JNF engages in joint sustainability projects with other countries and has sponsored and participated in numerous international conferences, showcasing KKL-JNF's technical experience and applied research.

A small taste of KKL-JNF's joint projects in sustainablity: