Israel is one of the densest countries in the developed world and has the highest rate of natural growth. Unfortunately, Israel is an island that needs to be self-sufficient thus import goods via air or sea. At the same time Israel has a very unique history and heritage connecting three continents, creating a unique bio-diversity on a global scale.
Those factors put heavy weight on the shoulders of the planning system that has to be precise and yet flexible enough to navigate the field. The major impact on the environment is delivered by power plants, transportation (roads, railways, ports) and housing. The major means to mitigate and minimize the impact of those needed infrastructures are environmental impact assessments and careful planning.
In the last three years there has been increased pressure to make the system more flexible to reduce the environmental demands and to make the planning process simpler. Our talk will focus on those aspects and the different ways to lead for better environment and sustainable development in Israel.
Please join us for a Kosher dinner and discussion with Shahar Solar on this interesting topic.
Shahar is the head of the environmental planning and green building division in the Ministry of Environmental Protection. He joined the central district in the Ministry in 2004, initially working in the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel. In 2006, he was appointed as environmental planner-in-charge in the headquarters and in 2010 became the head of his division. During these years, apart from promoting planning policy in the Ministry and leading the professional planners, he engaged with some of the more complex national projects, including in the energy and transportation fields. Shahar holds a Bachelor’s degree in geography and environmental studies from Beer-Sheva University, as well as a Master’s degree from the Hebrew University in geography with two majors: urban studies and environmental planning, and management and policy. He lives in Moshav Ramat Raziel with his wife Yael and their three children, Yonatan, Nitzan and Shaked.