Sustainable Development and Environmental Projects

In cooperation with several regional councils throughout the Negev, especially the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, the Negev Foundation is committed to the development of environmental projects and sustainability in the Negev.

“The Ramat Hanegev Regional Council has adopted two predominant principles of sustainable development: strict protection of nature and its existing ecological systems and smart use of available sustainable natural resources or resources that can be renewed relatively quickly instead of traditional energy source.

Preserving ecological systems has turned the subject of sustainable development into one of the major issues heading the global agenda in the 21st century. This type of development is environmentally friendly, and is interlaced with the environment in a natural way.

The following information is designed to introduce you to some of the most fascinating projects taking place in different locations throughout Ramat Negev on the "hot topic" of sustainable development. They reveal new breakthroughs in environmental protection, energy conservation and advanced technologies in other infrastructures as well. The council, spanning the largest area in Israel, has a 1.1 million hectare jurisdiction (approximately 22% of the entire area of the State of Israel) from the Negev Junction in the north to the Ramon Crater in the south. This enormous area contains natural treasures and landscapes which are rare in our country and constitute an inseparable part of the high-quality mosaic of life in Ramat Hanegev.

Along with the need to protect these authentic natural assets and high quality of life, the desert region is characterized by a hot, dry climate and very little rainfall and natural water reservoirs. In order to balance the environmental issues with regional development in tourism, agriculture, industry and various private enterprises, the council has adopted two predominant principles of sustainable development: strict protection of nature and its existing ecological systems and smart use of available sustainable natural resources or resources that can be renewed relatively quickly instead of traditional energy sources. In other words: development with the environment—not at its expense. It turns out that in sustainable development, as presented below, the sky’s the limit—and without polluting it.”

For more detailed information please click on the following link:
http://ramat-negev.org.il/en/main.php?m=1180&s1=1588&s2=1902