ISRAEL ENVIRONMENT BULLETIN
Spring 1995-5755, Vol. 18, No. 2
ISSN 0334-3804

Editor: Shoshana Gabbay

Contents

Israel 2020: A New Vision
The Trans-Israel Highway
The Hula: A Dream Reborn
Al Gore Inaugurates GLOBE Program
Inside the Ministry of the Environment
Ozone Levels in Central Israel

Israel Environment Bulletin is published quarterly by the Ministry of the Environment. Articles may be freely reprinted but it would be appreciated if reference is made to the source.

Inquiries should be addressed to:

Israel Environment Bulletin
P.O.B. 34033
Jerusalem 95464, Israel
Telephone: 02-6553777
Fax: 972-2-6535934

Mr. Yossi Sarid, Minister
Dr. Israel Peleg, Director General

Dear Reader:

The Spring 1995 issue of Israel Environment Bulletin casts its eye to the future. As the country’s population continues to grow and development projects continue to multiply, long-term planning to prevent environmental deterioration while promoting quality of life becomes an imperative. The Spring Bulletin surveys three major projects which reflect Israel’s growing concern with future issues: the national masterplan for the 21st century, the Trans-Israel Highway, and the Hula rehabilitation project. The final paper investigates the transport of ozone from the coastal urban area to inland sites in Israel. Projections concerning ozone production, conducted at the Environmental Research Unit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, show that within ten years, concentrations far exceeding the standard will be produced, and that by the year 2010, ozone pollution levels may reach as high as those measured in Athens or Mexico City. Here, too, long-term planning is in order.

Seven years have elapsed since the creation of the Ministry of the Environment in December 1988. As the newly-created body was invested with increasing authority and responsibility for a multitude of environmental subjects, its staff increased concomitantly. The meager quarters housing the national level of the ministry were no longer adequate to meet the growing manpower requirements, and the ministry was forced to rent space in various parts of the city to overcome the housing shortage.

Today, following years of careful planning and implementation, the staff is no longer dispersed. As of April 1995, with the completion of new, ultra-modern premises in the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Jerusalem, the national-level staff is once more united under one roof. It is only fitting that the traditional gathering of all staffers on the eve of Passover, to usher in the spring holiday, was complemented this year by an additional reason for a toastthe festive dedication of the new building.

The Ministry of the Environment fervently hope that its new work environment will contribute to even greater progress in its ongoing struggle on behalf of a better environment, locally, nationally and globally.

Please note our new details:

ADDRESS:
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
KANFEI NESHARIM STREET 5
GIVAT SHAUL, JERUSALEM

MAILING ADDRESS:
MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT
P.O.B. 34033
JERUSALEM 95464
ISRAEL

TEL: 02-6553777
FAX: 02-6535934