The key to life, agriculture, and development, water has been the focus of human concern and endeavor since before Biblical times. Here too, KKL-JNF plays a leading role and takes part in international endeavors to meet the challenge of dwindling supplies and rising demands.
Based on a United Nations Resolution passed in 1992, on March 22 every year, International Water Day is celebrated throughout the world. UNESCO invites all UN members to mark the occasion, and we in Israel are no exception. KKL-JNF sponsors many Water Day events and activities. KKL-JNF views International Water Day as an important opportunity and an example of our ongoing and daily commitment. So far KKL-JNF has established over 220 reservoirs throughout the country and the list is growing. Today, almost 80 percent of our sewage undergoes treatment and we are reclaiming it for agricultural use. KKL-JNF has introduced more water preservation and recycling programs than any other Israeli institution or government body. In a country that has very little water, and suffers from a severe water shortage, we know how important it is to gather this precious resource. Every drop of water is a drop of life.
Our river rehabilitation projects are also restoring life to many of Israel's neglected waterways and restoring their unique flora and fauna. The JNF Australia project of promoting the conservation of the Alexander River in Israel. In 2003, the project won the Thiess Services International River Prize awarded by the International River Foundation which sponsors the Festival.
The Biofiltration Project is a project of JNF Australia, in collaboration with Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. The aim of this project is to apply Australian knowledge and expertise in assisting Israel to harness stormwater runoff, to help replenish the aquifers and provide an additional source of sustainable water utilisation.
Canadian provinces have been invaluable partners in promoting international water initiatives and are the source for projects such as the Oak Hammock Wetlands, the Manitoba-Israel Water Experts Symposium and other important projects.