International Science-Based Conservation Workshop
Major Conservation & Biodiversity Organizations in Israel
SPNI: Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel
The Society for the Protection of Nature in
Israel (SPNI), established in 1953, set in motion a tradition of citizen
involvement aimed to protect Israel's
environmental assets against the negative consequences of unbridled development.
SPNI is the largest independent membership organization in Israel, with over 100,000 members (an equally
influential organization in the United
States would have a membership base of 5
The main goal of the SPNI: To conserve
environment, natural, cultural, and historical heritage assets for the public
and all over the world.
The main active areas of the SPNI are
Environmental education and Promoting environmental activity in the community
through hiking programs, workshops, youth movement and public campaigns. The
SPNI considers itself as the watchdog and advocate for the few areas of open
space remaining in Israel.
To this end, SPNI monitors development plans brought before planning
commissioners, provides data and alternative plans to decision makers, and
raises public awareness.