How can we promote a sustainable regional economy? Is the coexistence of nature, agriculture and humans even possible? And how do we encourage sustainable transport in the region?
In recent weeks, three multi-participant working groups have been grappling within these three challenging issues within the framework of the ‘Partnership for Regional Sustainability’ initiative, established by Ramat Hanadiv.
In the region surrounding the Nadiv Valley a partnership was established to connect five neighboring councils: Alona, Binyamina-Givat Ada, Jasr A-Zarka, Zikhron Ya’akov and Hof HaCarmel. During the last year the partners, together with Ramat Hanadiv, have worked to improve the quality of life and wellbeing, and the state of the environment, using a sustainable, regional approach. The above issues were chosen during October by residents and interested parties from the five member councils as the most urgent for advancing the region.
The working groups will meet several times during the coming months to formulate a future vision and clear targets for achieving it. The first two working groups, each comprising 25-30 participants, met in December and the sustainable transport group will meet in January. The rationale is that the multi-interest group discussion of the issue produces new insights and abilities for mapping conflicts and finding ways to solve them. They will meet again to define clear aims that will generate a region-wide effort for their accomplishment.
In addition, within the framework of the partnership, there is a growing movement to encourage environmental, community-based and educational initiatives throughout the region.
The council heads describe the reasons for establishing the partnership in this video, that was presented at the ‘Councils Cross Borders’ conference that took place this month in Zikhron Ya’akov.