Environmental Protection Department (EPD)

For six decades, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), Israel's largest non-profit organization with over 50,000 members, has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Israel's natural resources, environment, natural assets and unique landscape. Since its launch, SPNI has set in motion a tradition of citizen involvement aimed at protecting environmental assets against irresponsible development. Whether it be developing and operating formal and extracurricular educational programs or organizing public campaigns, lobbying decision-makers or promoting alternative solutions to development plans, SPNI is at the forefront serving as the voice for the environment. 

The SPNI arm responsible for spearheading these endeavors is the Environmental Protection Division (EPD). Understanding that key decision-making starts at the top, EPD has drawn together a stellar team of environmental watchdogs and advocates with expertise ranging from ecology to urban planning. This team campaigns, lobbies, advocates, legislates and educates for the protection of Israel's remaining open spaces, biodiversity conservation, preservation of rivers, winter ponds and coastlines, sustainable development, clean energy, and quality of life for all citizens. 

The importance of the SPNI emerges when one tries to imagine what the country would have looked like if the organization did not exist and did not struggle for the past 60 years for the preservation of nature, flora and fauna, and heritage sites. Sixty years later, SPNI remains ever ready to continue the struggle in new and innovative ways, instilling an eco-conscience in Israeli culture, government and planning.

SPNI’s pioneering role in finding creative solutions has become critical. Preserving Israel’s fragile ecosystem has reached a degree of urgency that demands immediate action. The range and the gravity of the issues have been increasing and the outcome of each of them has the potential to impact the future of the country for generations to come. SPNI's board, staff and volunteers welcome your involvement in our ongoing campaigns to protect Israel's future. Please contact us to become involved in protecting and preserving the Land of Israel and its environment.