On Earth Day SPNI sets out 10 Priorities for Israel

Israeli mountain gazelle

SPNI aims to maintain the diversity of expansive, unfragmented, functional ecosystems while preventing the destruction of habitats and species through:

  1. Preservation of large open spaces — SPNI will work to preserve large open spaces at various levels of protection.
  1. Preservation of unfragmented open spaces — SPNI will work to create contiguous open spaces by preserving ecological corridors as continuous open ecological spaces that enable connectivity and the creation of passages in key bottlenecks.
  2. Preservation of critical open spaces — SPNI will work to protect endangered ecosystems where less than 30% of their territory is protected.
  3. Promotion of effective management of open spaces—SPNI will work to promote supervision, engagement, enforcement, and monitoring to enable functioning ecosystems to be conserved, while preventing damaging processes such as biological invasions, hunting, poisoning, electrocution, damage to water flow, water quality, habitat trampling, habitat reduction, etc. This will also involve monitoring, engagement, and protecting endangered species.

 

To achieve these goals, an integrated approach is required, including:

(a)    Statutory protection for land (habitats, ecological corridors, and preservation of open spaces),

(b)   Effective land management (enforcement, agricultural management, targeting audiences, etc.),

(c)    Addressing ecological threats (biological invasions, hunting, poisoning, electrocution, damage to water flow, water quality, habitat trampling, habitat fragmentation, etc.).


Click here to see Jay Shofet, SPNI's Director of Partnerships and Development on i24 talking more about this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FG30vofbjY