Loess Plains Endangered

Loess plains identified as degraded in new study from the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

The Loess Plains, a unique habitat in the Northern Negev has been identified in a recent study form the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel as the most degraded ecosystem in Israel.

Israel is identified as a biodiversity hotspot, an area with a high concentration of unique and endemic species. One of a kind habitats such as the Loess Plains provide a home for a host of species, both plant and animal which thrive together. Development, grazing and other factors have degraded this area.

It is the position of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel that this habitat should be better protected from both development and agriculture. The Loess Plains provide a variety of natural services for the entire Negev region. SPNI encourages the government to invest in existing towns and cities for housing solutions rather than establishing new communities. 

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