Implementation of OLI’s Recommendations
Since its inception in the early 1990s, OLI has successfully engaged in formulating recommendations for open space preservation policy and tools to be incorporated into Israel's national planning policy. These efforts have helped bring about a major positive change in Israel's planning policy so that open space preservation is now a national priority.
OLI works closely with SPNI’s Environmental Protection Division (EPD) and other
environmental organizations in order to promote the adoption of OLI’s recommendations by
OLI's Director and planners serve as members on Israel's National Planning and Building
Council and OLI's Director is a member of Israel's Lands Council (ILA) and the new Open Space Protection Fund (OSPF). Participation in these national institutions contributes significantly in conveying of OLI's messages to the most influential forums on the future of the built and natural environments in Israel.
Two signs of tribute and recognition of OLI's on-going contribution to Israel's planning agenda were made during 2008:
In August 2008 OLI's Director, Yoav Sagi was granted by the State of Israel with the 60th
anniversary life time award for outstanding contribution to Israel's environment by leading the
campaigns for open space preservation, and; prior to this, Yoav was also awarded by the
Israel Planners' Association with the Association's premier annual award for outstanding
contribution to Israel's planning industry.
OLI focused on promoting the practical execution of the ILA’ s new legal commitments to protect open spaces and the implementation of the Open Space Protection Fund (OSPF) through the following actions:
Following up and advancing the operation of the new Open Space Protection Fund
OLI's recommendations helped the OSPF board to establish proper procedures and criteria to identify suitable projects for funding.
The OSPF allocated has so far 221 Million NIS for 97 projects including the restoration of Mount Carmel after the fire in 2010, purchasing land for Nature Reserves and, the restoration of a segment of the Jordan River restoration of wetland sites and funding nature and landscape surveys and evaluations of open spaces.
Promoting legal recognition of ecological restoration in appropriate farmland