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Israel - Overview

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Main References

Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Israel presents a unique assembly of species within a small heterogeneous landscape and very rich biodiversity, at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Accelerated development and population growth are the major forces behind the main current threats to Israel’s biodiversity. They notably result in the development of agricultural fields (about one fifth of the country’s original ecosystems have been converted in the past to agricultural systems, using 40% of the water supply), and decrease in coastal areas (due to urban and agricultural development, the current surface area of the coastal sands is only 50% of the original size in the early 20th century and hosts 70% of the population)... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Israel's National Biodiversity Strategic Plan (NBS), officially termed the “National Plan for Conservation of Israel's Biodiversity”, was adopted in January 2010... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Multiple actions and programs have been carried out to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Great efforts have notably been made in terms of conservation... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Regulative tools include some 15 laws protecting habitats and ecosystems, along with special sites, natural assets and trees, while indirect protection to habitats is given through legislative tools regulating land and water uses... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Regarding monitoring of the National Biodiversity Strategic Plan (NBS), two Red Data books were compiled (the Red List of Threatened Vertebrate Species... More »

National Contacts

Full details of national contacts »

Convention on Biological Diversity

Ms. Ayelet Rosen
CBD Primary NFP
Dr. Simon Nemtzov
CBD Primary NFP, CHM NFP, SBSTTA NFP, ICNP ABS NFP, Protected Areas NFP
Ms. Galit Palzur
Resource Mobilization FP
Prof. F.D. Por
GTI NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Ms. Yael Armitage
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP, BCH NFP

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