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OLI`s Units

OLI`s Units

The OLI Think-Tank

The Survey and Evaluation Unit

The GIS Unit

The Research and Planning Unit

 

The OLI Think-Tank

The Open Landscape Institute operates a professional Think-Tank that consolidates the concepts and tools necessary to protect the country’s open landscapes. The Think-Tank is composed of top experts in a variety of fields related to the environment and land-use planning and management including: representatives from Israel’s universities, government ministries and authorities, environmental and planning NGO’s, as well as from the private sector. The Think Tank’s members discuss important issues and problems such as land use, planning, and the development and protection of open spaces.

These discussions lead to conclusions and recommendations regarding the policy principles and tools required for proper land use and sustainable development. The results are issued in position papers that are distributed to decision-makers and relevant organizations.

OLI and Think Tank’s members are part of the ongoing efforts to convince planning bodies and decision-makers to adopt the Forum’s recommendations and to follow up on the implementation of these recommendations.

The Survey and Evaluation Unit

The unit operates jointly with the Jewish National Fund (JNF), the ministry of Environment, Israel Nature and National Parks Protection Authority (INNPPA) and Tel Aviv University , surveying and evaluating open land and its natural and cultural resources. Survey data, and the recommendations resulting from their evaluation and classification, are digitally mapped and described in writing. The information is then distributed to planners, environmentalists and development authorities, to be used as background material for sustainable land-use planning and implementation.

 The GIS Unit

SPNI’s Geographic Information System (GIS) operates within OLI’s framework. GIS collects and computerizes data gathered and processed by the Survey and Evaluation Unit. The GIS unit maps geographical, ecological and planning information, and prepares materials for SPNI’s Department of Environmental Protection, planners and other environmental bodies and individuals.

The Geographic Information System (GIS) is a useful working tool that combines environmental and planning information. The system includes a computer program that enables the collection, examination and amendment planning of extensive amounts of information (from the perspective of geometric relationships and content), its analysis (statistical and spatial), and the production of presentation maps geared to specific planning and decision-making needs.

The Research and Planning Unit

The unit conducts professional applied studies resulting in policy recommendations for environmentally friendly planning and land management tools. Its ongoing planning activities focus on further development of planning recommendations and on following-up on the incorporation of its recommendations within planning processes. These objectives are achieved by a variety of means. For example, OLI's Executive Director and Director of Planning are members of Israel's National Council for Planning and Construction and its sub-committees, and in national outline plans (master plans) steering committees, thus taking part in national planning processes at the highest level. 

 
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