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Forests

KKL-JNF has been working to protect and preserve the environment for over a century, long before leaders and researchers fully understood the extent of the human footprint.  We have spearheaded the creation, management and preservation of hundreds of thousands of acres of natural forests, woodlands and urban green lungs across Israel. Our unprecedented forestry project, including the planting of 240 million trees, has increased Israel’s forested areas by 1800%. These forests sequester 300 million tons of CO² a year, thus supporting global efforts to manage climate change.


KKL-JNF promotes a sustainable afforestation policy consistent with global environmental concerns and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  It maintains 400,000 acres of natural forests and woodlands, works to prevent forest fires, and implements advanced forest regeneration programs. It promotes biodiversity, shields green spaces from the fallout of urban expansion, and expands green lungs in cities and towns. These activities improve air, soil and water quality and combat desertification.


Finally, recognizing the importance of these forests to public health, wellbeing, and recreation, KKL-JNF has built over 8,800 kilometers of forest roads, hiking and cycling paths and over one thousand recreation areas in Israel. Thanks to KKL-JNF’s vision and commitment to the environment, tens of thousands of visitors can enjoy beautiful forests, woods and other precious green spaces every year.