Exploring the fields of water management and purification
Last week we organized a study tour for Till Mansmann and Dr. Christoph Hoffman, Members of the German Bundestag on behalf of the Free Democratic Party, who both are members of the committee for development and economic cooperation, to explore the reasons for Israel's success in the field of water management and purification.
Water and climate change are the major threats to human mankind. Especially the developing countries are struggling with severe droughts and ramifications of climate change. As an OECD member Israel is certainly not a developing country, it nevertheless shares similar climate challenges with the developing world, among them severe droughts. However, during the last decades Israel has found appropriate ways to meet these challenges, especially its severe water scarcity, mainly by efficient water management and monitoring and by innovative technology.
We met with leading local key actors to learn from their experience and best practices, among them Israel's Water authority, start-up companies like Netafim and Watergen and civil society organizations like Eco Peace. We also visited one of Israel's five desalination plants and met for exchanges with Members of Knesset Yael Cohen-Paran and Yoel Hasson from the HaTnua Party to talk about legal frameworks and right policy making helping to meet the climate challenges. With Ambassador Yuval Fuchs from MASHAV, from Israel's Development Agency, we discussed Israel's development projects and possible cooperation projects. Our guests also met with experts and officials from the Palestinian side to get a better picture about their specific challenges also in the context of the ongoing conflict.