Israel Nature and Parks Authority

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Nature and Parks Authority
Protection Authority's Logo
part of Ministry of the Environment
Established: April, 1998
Hula Valley nature reserve

The Israel Nature and Parks Authority (Hebrew: רשות הטבע והגניםRashut Hateva Vehaganim) is an Israeli government organization that manages nature reserves and national parks in Israel, the Golan Heights and parts of the West Bank. The organization was founded in April 1998, merging two organizations (The National Parks Authority and the Nature Reserves Authority) that had managed the nature reserves and national parks separately since 1964. The director of the Authority is Shaul Goldstein.[1]

The symbol of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority is the ibex, a mountain goat similar to the antelope.[2] One of the missions of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority is enforcing Israeli wildlife protection laws.[3]


As of 2015, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority was the overseer of 400 nature reserves and 81 national parks, covering over 20 percent of Israel’s land mass.[1][4] The coverage of the Authority grows fairly rapidly. For example, in 2007 the Authority oversaw only 69 national parks and 190 nature reserves - a doubling of reserves in only 8 years.[5]

All parks and nature reserves are divided into six regions:[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ a b Israel Declares Five New National Parks and Nature Reserves Haaretz. Zafrir Rinat. 27/06/17. Retrieved 16/05/18
  2. ^ 1001 Facts Everyone Should Know About Israel, Mitchell Geoffrey Bard and Moshe Schwartz
  3. ^ Genetic characterization of the golden jackal and the red fox in Israel
  4. ^ Where the Golan’s rivers flow into the Sea of Galilee The Times of Israel. Aviva and Shmuel Bar-am. 29/08/15. Retrieved:16/05/18.
  5. ^ Science-based conservation workshop

External links

  • Israel Nature & Parks Authority website
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