Israel Environment Bulletin Summer 1992-5752, Vol. 15, No. 3

FROM THE MINISTER OF THE ENVIRONMENT, ORA NAMIR

It is a special honor for me to serve as Israel’s first full-time Minister of the Environment. My parliamentary experience goes back a long wayto 1973, the year in which the Environmental Protection Service was first established, heralding the beginning of Israel’s environmental movement.

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege to meet an unusual group of people. Although the ministry’s staff is relatively small in quantity, it enjoys a fine qualitative edge. Rarely have I met such a group of dedicated professionals. Due to the unflinching efforts of Dr. Uri Marinov over a period of some nineteen years, I can confidently say that the very best professionals now serve the cause of the environment within the framework of the Ministry of the Environment.

I come to this ministry with high expectationsto dramatically improve the state of the environment in Israel, to radically advance environmental consciousness, to boost environmental education from kindergarten to university, to advance environmental legislation and enforcement, especially in such areas as sewage and solid waste, and to increase cooperation with government ministries, local authorities, industry and public organizations so that we may all enjoy a better quality of life and the environment in this country.

The task is formidable. Yet, with a combination of hard work, perseverance and dedication, we will fulfill the mission, accomplish the task.