Tu Bi’Shevat Campaign 2017
WESTERN NEGEV – SECURITY PLANTINGS
Life-Saving Trees and Shrubs
What is the Project?
People living in the area bordering on Gaza are exposed to rocket and missile attacks, whether within the boundaries of their communities or while driving along local roads, including to and from their fields. To rectify this situation, KKL-JNF and the IDF are planting trees that serve as strategic, green buffers and camouflage, protecting residents and visitors from rocket and missiles. The project involves plantings along the western boundaries of western Negev roads and communities. Development elements include land reclamation, drainage, plantings and irrigation. The shrubs screen the lower areas and the tree canopies, the higher ones. In addition, the planting of tree species attractive to bees aids in increasing the production of honey and supporting the local economy.
What Can I Do?
Your contribution helps residents of the western Negev by improving their security as they move about areas close to the Gaza border. In a region where normal life as we know it is a luxury, your support enhances these people’s sense of safety. KKL-JNF already participates in building regional and local roads in outlying areas of the country along with the Israel National Roads Company, the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Agriculture. In many cases the security of the inhabitants is directly related to the quality of local roads. But even the best of roads may be exposed and unprotected, and your donation significantly improves security conditions on the roads and along the borders of local communities.
Security is a daily problem in the northwestern Negev, on roads and communities bordering on Gaza. No one knows where or when the next barrage will come from. Worse, the people driving along the roads and within communities are very exposed. One of the solutions to this problem is planting trees and shrubs that serve as green camouflage to protect farmers going to and from their fields, children to and from school and visitors. The planting used are fast-growing, water-saving species, adapted to the region’s desert conditions.
Where is the Project Located?
Roads and communities in the northwestern Negev bordering on Gaza.