The 2014 final report assesses HaMaarag’s achievements during this year and the activities conducted this year in the fields of terrestrial monitoring, the Mediterranean Sea, ecosystem services, geographic information systems and remote sensing, information systems, visibility and international activity.
This report surveys the state of the aquatic habitats (rivers, springs, salt flats and winter ponds), which are among the most threatened of Israel’s habitats, as part of a series of reports on the state of nature. The report categorizes, quantifies and edits existing information about 500 selected sites from both the desert region and the Mediterranean region, estimates their ecological state and provides conclusions and recommendations.
This report surveys the current monitoring program in the Hula Valley and proposes recommendations for the future, a first step in the development of a long-term monitoring program as part of the national ecosystem assessment program. The report includes details of climatic, biological and human activity in the Hula Valley, monitoring activity in the field, a literature review and recommendations for monitoring.
The handbook summarizes the planning stage of the project, presenting abundant information regarding the formation and design of the central components of the project (project council, writing staff, conceptual framework), a description of the problem-solving processes for the central issues that arose during the planning stage, and much more.
The handbook will be used by council members to raise awareness and present the project to their colleagues within their representative bodies and to other interested parties.
This report presents a summary of the conceptual framework for monitoring Israel’s agricultural systems, that was developed on the basis of meetings and consultations with experts in the field, as well as a literature review of global experience on this topic. This handbook forms the basis of a program for monitoring biodiversity in agricultural systems, approved following submission to the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture. Within this framework we set out on a joint initiative between the Ministry of Agriculture and HaMaarag.
The Agriculture Monitoring Program is part of the National Ecosystem Assessment Program.
This report is the second in a series of State of Nature reports published by HaMaarag. The report, edited by Dr. Aviad Scheinin, surveys existing knowledge on the state of nature in the Israeli region of the Mediterranean Sea, and reveals significant knowledge gaps that require establishment of a comprehensive program for monitoring biodiversity in the marine environment.
The article, written by Dr. Naama Berg, Orit Ginzburg and Prof. Avi Perevolotsky, was published in August 2012 in the Hebrew-language Journal “Ecology and Environment” of the Israel Society of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. The article includes a background survey emphasizing the necessity for monitoring to optimize management of natural resources, and a description of the monitoring program which commenced in April 2012: how the program was developed and the expected use of the program's findings.
The first report on the State of Nature produced by HaMaarag was written by Tamar Achiron-Frumkin and published in March 2011. The report presents a comprehensive database, providing a foundation for the launch of the monitoring program. Reports on the State of Nature will be written and published by HaMaarag every three years