Saving Israel's coastline

On February 17, the shores of Israel were flooded with huge amounts of tar.
95% of the beaches in Israel were affected by this pollution.

Hundreds of animals were washed ashore dead and full of tar, many others were injured, habitats were destroyed, and the damage to the ecosystem was enormous.

To save as much as possible, immediate large-scale activity was required.

Immediate response

1. Thousands of volunteers came to the beaches, received explanations about the work and equipment provided to them by INHFA donors. 

2. the INPA hired 500  employees to clean up the tar in several areas where the pollution was most significant. 

3. The INPA Marine Department established a team to deal with the tar crisis and coordinate the entire operation on a short-term and long-term basis.

4. Support for the Sea Turtle Rescue Center was intensified.

The environmental damage caused by the spill has long term ramifications which we addressed with the following steps:

Surveys and data archiving – Tar surveys have been conducted, both on foot and by vehicle, and they will continue to be carried out by the professional team in collaboration with local municipalities. A software program has been used to keep the data collected, so that the professional team can make data-driven future decisions.

Pollution treatment for rocky areas – One of the worst effects of the oil spill
has been the damage to the Mediterranean’s rocky areas. The rocks support a
thriving ecosystem, provide shelter for many species, and are of great importance to marine life. The removal of the tar from the rocks requires the assistance of experts who can perform the task without damaging the rocks and their inhabitants. Several specialized companies have been selected to assist, beginning with Rosh HaNikra Nature Reserve.

All this amazing activity could only be carried out thanks to the masses of volunteers, the environmental protection organization in Israel who acted quickly to organize the work of the volunteers and the generous contributions of INHFA and others.

We are just before the end! In order for us to finish the works and declare that the disaster is behind us, we need additional donations, which will allow us to finish the works in the two most ecologically sensitive areas. We thank you in advance for your enlistment!

 

IT'S TIME TO TAKE ACTION!

We invite you to join us by becoming members of NFI! Your membership is more than a donation; we want you to become an active partner of our team and together, we will create a profound change at a national level on both environmental issues and the preservation of our heritage. Any donation is appreciated, and you will become a member of the NFI by making a donation of over $360. Take an active part and leave your mark on the Israeli landscape!
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