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Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Italian State Forestry Corps (Corpo forestale dello Stato) and KKL-JNF Foundation in Italy



To promote environmental culture, ecological preservation, and sustainable development with the patronage of the Embassy of Israel in Italy


Rome, Today, April 13th 2016, at the General Inspectorate of the State Forestry Corps, KKL- JNF (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael - Jewish National Fund) Italy Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Forestry Corps, in order to promote new forms of cooperation and agreement in the field of management and enhancement of natural protected areas, protection of environmental resources and for the implementation of international conventions.

The MOU also promotes new cooperation teams for scientific and technical activities and for territorial planning, research projects for biodiversity protection and management of forestry resources including; training programs, education and event planning courses that deal with environmental fields.


The Memorandum signed today – said Raffaele Sassun, President of KKL Foundation in Italy – "is a handshake between friends who are committed in developing new ways to protect our planet. We do not close the door on anything, from the simplest issue to the one that is almost impossible to solve, from educational projects to complex field operations."

The Memorandum envisages an area designated to the Corpo forestale on Mount Carmel, the symbol for both Jewish and Christian Religion, a green lung of Israel, which was recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve and which has suffered a terrible fire in 2010, but currently in rebirth.


Cesare PatroneHead of the Corpo Forestale dello Stato said: "The Corpo Forestale dello Stato and I are deeply proud about the initiative to dedicate a specific area, on Mount Carmel, to the Italian Forestry Corps, creating either a monument or an artwork as a testimony of the cooperation between the KKL Foundation and us", A reproduction of the monument will be placed in a protected area in Italy, symbolizing issues of environment and brotherhood among people.

The KKL invests heavily in Research - said Meir Spiegler, Director General of KKL Israel - not only for Israel but also for the rest of the world... The signing of this protocol represents the common commitment of the cooperation between the two nations.”



HE Naor Gilon, Ambassador of Israel in Italy, said: "[To feel] the friendship that exists between the two countries is the most important thing, because it best expresses how relationships are living a moment of intense and fruitful exchange. In the past there have been other examples of cooperation between Italy and Israel through KKL, {like the Forest of the Fallen of Nassiriya or the Forest in memory of Antonio Manganelli, the creation of Rabin Park in Rome and the help and support of the Italian Government for the restoration of Mount Carmel after the fire.}”

The agreement features pilot projects in natural areas that are protected and have a notable environmental value, through mutual hospitality meetings to ultimately spread peace, communication, solidarity and wealth among the nations.

The ceremony was also attended by Nazario Palmeiri, Senior Executive of the Corpo forestale dello Stato, Francesco Marinello, President of the 13th Senate Permanent Committee (land, environment, environmental goods), Barbara Degani, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry for the Environment and the and Sea protection, Antonio Ricciardi, Deputy Commander of the Arma dei Carabinieri.


The Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Foundation is the oldest environmental organization in the world. KKL- JNF's operations include: creating open spaces, forests and recreation areas, water, forestry and environment, education, community development and security, tourism and recreation, and research and development – all in appreciation for our natural and cultural heritage.
The Corpo forestale dello Stato – established in Italy in 1822 – is a police force qualified for environmental, natural and landscape heritage protection, for the prevention and repression of crimes in environmental and agricultural protection in the Mediterranean area.

1  Photo Caption: (Left to right):Meir Spiegler - General Director KKL Israel, Raffaele Sassun – president KKL Italy, Cesare Patrone – General Director Corpo forestale, Nazario Palmieri – head of staff Corpo Forestale,

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KKL-JNF


2 Photo Caption: Signature of MOU between Italian Forestry Corps and KKL-JNF Italy

Photo Credit: Courtesy of KKL-JNF