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The Negev Environmental Award Awarded for 2017

The Negev Environmental Award Awarded for 2017
Publish Date: 12/6/2017

In a festive ceremony held recently with the participation of the mayor of Be'er-Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich, Vice President of Ben Gurion University, Prof. Dan Blumberg, Director of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Baruch Weber, and more; the Negev Environmental Award for 2017 was awarded.

Winners:

  • The Yehuda Arad Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Dr. Yaacov Dafni for maritime protection in the Gulf of Eilat and the placement of generations of students and researchers in this field.
  • Dr. Mati Tsarfati, head of the Yoav Regional Council, who received a prize for her work on behalf of the environment both as Israel's representative in international institutions and in assimilating the principles of sustainability in the council's communities.
  • The Almostakbal School of the Neveh Midbar Regional Council, which has won the privilege of turning the garbage site into an educational orchard and being a symbol and example for other schools.
  • The "Shvilim" project, a unique program that runs at Kaye College in cooperation with the Institute for Democratic Education, which provides a bachelor's degree for its graduates and connects environmental quality to education by training teachers, educators, and society.
  • Adva Center, Kibbutz Tze'elim, for activities with youth that strengthen and build social ties through environmental issues.

The Negev Environmental Award is being held for the ninth year by Bela Givon, Director of the Sustainable Negev Association, the Be'er-Sheva Municipality, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Ministry of Environmental Protection, and was chosen by a panel headed by retired judge Gilad Giladi, for academic and environmental activities in the Negev.

The ceremony was opened by the mayor of Be'er-Sheva, Ruvik Danilovich, who dedicated his speech to strengthening the civil society working for the community. He said that the Negev Environmental Award is a certificate of excellence, gratitude, and responsibility. The mayor added: "You are all connected to our commitment to a sustainable world, we all have a common interest, we have no other Negev."

Prof. Dan Blumberg, Vice President, spoke about the involvement of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev in community activities and the importance of its involvement. Baruch Weber, Regional Director of the Ministry of Environmental Protection, detailed the achievements of the Ministry of Environmental Protection.

During the process of selecting the winners, the director of the Sustainable Negev Association and the initiator of the award, Bela Givon, said that the best people working for the environment are growing. "It is evident that each year more and more individuals and organizations are presenting their candidates. These are bodies and people whose environmental issue has become their way of life. I wish we could give awards to everyone, as every time it's harder for us to choose a winner. The winners today constitute role models for residents of the Negev and social and environmental organizations in the region. The fact that it is possible to find winners here from Eilat to the northern Negev indicates that the environmental issue in the Negev has become central, important and strategic".