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GZA resolutions approved at the 35th World Zionist Congress

 

Recycled paper for the World Zionist Congress and for Zionist organizations
In an attempt to lighten the ecological footprint of Zionist organizations and the World Zionist Congress, this resolution calls on the World Zionist Organization,  Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael / Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) and the Jewish Agency for Israel to begin switching their paper supplies to post-consumer content recycled paper. Because recycled paper is currently not readily available in Israel, we are working with a paper plant to create a new industry of post-consumer recycled paper.

Strengthening the environmental policies of Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael / Jewish National Fund
This resolution formalizes KKL-JNF’s identity as an environmental organization with a commitment to sustainable development. Present environmental policies — such as the commitment to maintain the size of forest land in Israel — are given support. Additionally, recommendations are made to expand budgeting in key environmental areas such as river restoration, to require the KKL-JNF to produce environmental impact statements for major projects, and to develop a more sustainable transportation policy.

Environmental-impact statements for World Zionist Organization construction projects
This resolution requires all WZO construction projects, including through the Settlement Division, to meet environmental criteria. And it creates a mechanism of environmental-impact statements and assessments to ensure that these criteria are met.

 

 


 

Complete text of the approved resolutions

 

WZC Resolution # A6:  JNF – Organizational Reform

Whereas, the WZO aims to operate according to "the vision of the prophets, as an exemplary society, working towards peace and giving to tikkun olam…" as the issues were integrated in the Jerusalem Program of 2004, and

 

Whereas, the Jewish law of not destroying, the ban on destruction without reason, based on the prohibition to felling fruit trees in time of war, and Rabbis such as Rabbi Yair Haim Bachrach, from the 20th century, answered found that the "felling of a tree is only permitted for necessary needs and not needlessly" and

 

Whereas, the JNF has planted more than 240 million trees since 1928, and

 

Whereas, the WZO, the Jewish Agency and the JNF use daily thousands of tons of paper, including the printing of this document and thousands of other copies of resolutions of this congress, and

 

Whereas, the use of one ton of recycled paper can save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic meters of filling, 4000 kilowatts of electricity and 7,000 gallons of water,

 

Accordingly, in order to achieve our treaty, be it resolved that:

 

  1. The WZO recommends that all paper used during the congress, the ZGC, meetings of the Presidium of the ZGC, and Executive meetings, be made up of at least 50% recycled paper immediately with the aim of reaching 80% recycled paper within two years, and on condition that it does not create additional major expenses.
  2. The WZO is to recommend that all paper in use in its offices and in its other activities will be of at least 50% recycled paper, immediately with an aim of reaching 80% recycled paper within two years, and on condition that it does not create additional major expenses.
  3. The Congress calls upon and recommends to JAFI and JNF to adopt in their offices and the rest of their activities, paper which is at least 50% recycled, immediately, with the aim of reaching 80% recycled paper within two years, and on condition that it does not create additional major expenses.

WZC resolution # A79: Policy on Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael

Whereas, the Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael (hereinafter: KKL) was established in 1901 at the Fifth World Zionist Congress in Basle Switzerland, which served to strengthen the harmony between the Jewish people and its historic homeland Eretz Yisrael, and

 

Whereas, for more than a century the KKL has served as the Jewish People's trustee of the land of Israel, responsible for land acquisition, protection, and Jewish settlement from the border in the north to the Arava in the south, and

 

Whereas, the KKL has historically had as one of it’s primary goals, “the maintenance of Israel’s environmental balance and the improvement of the quality of life in Israel…”, as incorporated in the Covenant dated April 29, 1999, signed at a World Conference of JNF/KKL Leaders, (hereinafter “the Covenant”) and

 

Whereas, in 2005 the KKL Board of Directors unanimously approved position papers adopting policies for sustainable development in the activities of the KKL,

 

The Zionist Congress supports the following detailed principles, and recommends to the KKL Board of Directors to implement them in their entirety:

 

  1. The Keren Kayemet L'Yisrael shall continue its policies based on sustainable development, ensuring environmental responsibility in its activities and maximum preservation of open spaces in Israel. KKL shall continue to support the policy documents that have been adopted by the Board of Directors regarding sustainable development, including its commitment to consideration of environmental impacts of its activities, reduction of pesticides, evaluation of the effectiveness of reservoirs, improving water quality in the context of stream restoration and preservation of biodiversity in its activities.
  2. As articulated in its recently adopted sustainability policies and in the Covenant wherein KKL pledged to continue, among its primary goals to “greening the state of Israel through the creation, maintenance and improvement of the forests of Israel as well as development of forest technology…,” KKL shall remain committed to afforestation, assume an annual afforestation budget no lower than the 2000 budget adjusting for inflation, and at levels ensuring a replenishment of natural and human losses, as well as an expansion of forests, and restoration of natural eco-systems. The research budget for forest related technology and water management will be increased to support this goal.
  3. KKL shall continue to zealously protect the reserves of land dedicated to forests in the context of National Master Plan 22. KKL shall continue to demand a substitute for each dunam of land removed from an area designated forest with an alternative dunam of land.
  4. As articulated in its sustainability policies and in the Covenant wherein KKL pledged to continue, among its primary goals to “improving Israel’s river systems, as well as the public use of areas surrounding these rivers…” The KKL shall remain committed to stream restoration, and increase its annual allocation to stream restoration activities, which will be encouraged as a priority fundraising effort for KKL and JNF organizations worldwide.
  5. As articulated in the Covenant wherein KKL pledged to continue, among its primary goals to “the planning development, and implementation of various projects in the nation interests of the people of Israel” The KKL shall be required to conduct Environmental Impact Assessments for all new development and construction projects, and report all findings to its Sustainable Development Committee for review. In cases where serious concerns are raised, the Sustainable Development Committee shall request an Environmental Impact Statement before granting approval for a project. The format and contents of the Environmental Impact Statement shall conform to the new Israeli regulations, promulgated in 2004. The Sustainable Development Committee shall work over the next 12 months to adopt procedures to determine which activities require an Environmental Impact Statement.
  6. The KKL Director General shall in consultation with environmental professionals shall, within 12 months, submit to the KKL board a sustainable transportation policy that provides incentives to workers for not using private vehicles, encouraging public transportation, bicycles and carpooling, and ensures optimal air quality standards among its vehicles.
  7. As articulated in the Covenant wherein KKL pledged to continue, among its primary goals to “planning and implementation of Zionist, ecological and other educational programs…” KKL and JNF organizations world wide shall continue to advance Zionist, ecological and environmental education in their programming.

 

WZC resolution # A80:  Implementing Impact Studies on the Environment

Whereas, the WZO assisted in the successful establishment and development of the State of Israel, and

 

Whereas, the WZO defines the "Connection of the Jewish People to its historical homeland, the Land of Israel" as the basis of Zionism, and

 

Whereas, the preservation and protection of the Land of Israel are Biblical commandments, and presently, stand by themselves as truly being Zionist principles,

 

Be it resolved:

  1. In order to ensure that projects of the WZO are to have positive impact without a negative impact on the natural resources of the State of Israel, all development projects receiving funding from sources of the WZO, including those of the Settlement Division, will from now be subject to environmental impact assessment to be undertaken by a qualified environmental advisor.
  2. The environmental impact assessment will serve as an initial review in order to determine whether there is significant danger and will include:
    • Check as to whether there is, in the site that is being surveyed, any specific sensitivity which must be taken into account the prior to the start of the project.
    • A review of the negative influences that may develop from the above project (It is possible to use also examples from previous similar projects).
    • A summation of any positive influences that may develop (e.g. reduction of air pollution) including steps that are meant to reduce the environmental impact (such as existing building styles).
    • Specific actions such as choosing alternate sites or alternate techniques that could assist in reducing the danger to the environment.
  3. The Zionist Congress is committed to support and encourage environmentally friendly settlements, according to the laws of Israel.
  4. Projects demonstrating significant environmental danger will require an environmental impact statement.  The study will be an exact test according to the principles established in the Israeli Planning and Building (Environmental Impacts Statement Regulations), 2003.

 


 

 

 

 

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