Israel’s semi-arid climate, large (and growing) population, and minimal water resources leave little room for the protection of native habitats. And while the Israel population exhibits a strong commitment to environmental protection, this tends towards the protection of natural resources rather than the preservation of untouched landscapes.
Israel’s natural landscapes are alive with unique species, including sand cats, fire salamanders, middle east tree frogs, and marbled polecats. Unfortunately, many of the northern wildlands that shelter these creatures are quickly vanishing beneath population pressures. But there is hope in the south, where the pristine Negev desert continues to shelter iconic species endemic to the region.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Dozens of natural springs support large strands of poplar trees and atriplexes. Archeological evidence suggests that this canyon was inhabited by humans for thousands of years.
Ecological protection is a secondary consideration for this national park which is of significant cultural and historic importance to the state of Israel.
One of the few remaining examples of natural ecology in Israel, the Ashdod sand dune is immediately adjacent to Tel Aviv subdivisions.