The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is Israel’s leading environmental non-profit organization. For the past 60 years SPNI has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Israel’s natural resources, environment, natural assets and unique landscape. The work carried out by SPNI now will determine what the land of Israel will look like in the generations to come.
The Environmental Protection Department is involved in pioneering research projects and developing a body of knowledge that is used to drive SPNI’s activities and to create sustainable solutions to environmental issues in Israel. This includes developing energy policy, conserving water supplies, protecting Israel’s native species, participating in planning and zoning committees, coordinating public campaigns, lobbying and advocacy.
Our Education Department manages and develops environmental programs for hundreds of thousands of young Israelis, in both formal and informal settings, inspiring them to engage with their surroundings and raise an environmentally responsible and proactive generation.
SPNI’s revolutionary vision for urban lifestyle in the 21st century is encapsulated by our Kehilot (Urban Communities), a hub for green activism, sustainable green living and higher quality of life in cities. Our Kehilot are managed locally with emphasis on the unique challenges facing each community. Through the Kehilot SPNI strengthens civil society, trains decision makers, protects open spaces and preserves urban nature sites, for the public and with the public.
SPNI operates Eco-Community Centers located in Israel’s social and economic periphery that work to fill societal gaps by creating a cadre of passionate young people who feel connected to their immediate surroundings and are empowered to make changes in their immediate environment. Through these programs we create grassroots movements that expand their circles of influence to make positive environmental changes at the national level.
SPNI’s International Ornithological Center (IOC) operates a network of birding centers that monitors migration patterns of 500 million birds on behalf of the international community, provides safe haven for birdlife and makes Israel a world center for bird watchers. The IOC is also involved in regional collaborations with the Palestinian Authority and Jordan.
Recognized for their expert guides and high standard of educational programming, SPNI’s Field Schools are a network of Eco-Tourism Centers, situated in Israel’s most striking nature reserves. Our field schools are used as bases for nature excursions and hikes, a central pillar of Israeli culture. SPNI also initiated and maintains the popular Israel National Trail.