Lasting Special Places

Geographic locations that are valuable to people for aesthetic, spiritual, cultural, recreational, or existence reasons.
Well-maintained and protected lasting special places provide culturally significant resources that can generate economic opportunities and help to sustain coastal communities.
About this score

The reference point for Lasting Special Places is protecting marine and coastal areas designated as MPAs by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority in order to comply with the Convention of Biodiversity’s target to conserve at least 10% of coastal and marine waters by 2020; declared archeological sites; and beaches of special public interest, which represent civilian struggle against shoreline development (see the section on Specific Data Layers for more details).

Current Score
The current score indicates that we are far from protecting the areas that are important to us. Much more effort must be made to protect locations that contribute to Sense of Place and marine-related cultural identity.