Development for the Negev

Bilha Givon is a resident of Omer in the Negev who was born in Israel. She founded the NGO "Sustainable Development for the Negev" and is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment in the Beersheba and Negev area. She has spearheaded numerous environmental campaigns and is a major force in the environmental movement.
 
The award ceremony for the presentation of the "Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection" took place on September 16, 2008, in the presence of the President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, the Minister of Environmental Protection Gideon Ezra and the Minister of Tourism Ruhama Avraham Balila, who is also responsible for Israel's 60th year anniversary celebrations.
 
The award presentation ceremony is meant to salute the recipients of the prize, in particular, and the environment itself, in general. The award itself was specially designed by Israeli sculptor David Gerstein.
 
The selection committee for the "Lifetime Achievement Award for Environmental Protection," headed by Supreme Court Justice (retired) Jacob Turkel, selected twelve winners for this prestigious prize during its meeting of July 31, 2008 within the framework of Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations. In its decision, the committee gave preference to living candidates and to as many fields of achievement as possible.
 
The 62 candidates for the award included scientists, public personalities and environmental activists. The selection committee included seven members, representing different disciplines, including: Committee Chairman, Justice (retired) Jakob Turkel, Prof. Tamar Dayan of Tel Aviv University, Israeli author Sami Michael, the Director General of the Ministry of Environmental Protection Shai Avital, Naomi Tsur of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, television personality Moti Kirschenbaum and Dov Frohman, founder of Intel Israel.
 
In relating to the twelve winners, Environmental Protection Minister Gideon Ezra said: "The winners serve as a personal example and model for environmental action. Most of them promoted the subject years before it became 'popular" and of public importance, and they deserve all our congratulations."
 
And the winners are:
 
Prof. Hillel Shuval is a resident of Jerusalem, who was born in the USA and immigrated to Israel in 1948. He currently heads the Environmental Health Science Department of Hadassah College. He was one of the founders of the government program for environmental protection, advanced the field of health and the environment in Israel for 50 years, served as an environmental researcher and promoted wastewater recycling.
 
Prof. Emanuel Mazor is a resident of Rehovot, who was born in Germany and immigrated to Israel in 1936. He is a member of the Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He published more than 100 master plans with environmental aspects and took an active part in numerous environmental campaigns on open space conservation in general and the Ramon area in particular.
 
Ori Dvir is a resident of Tel Aviv, who born in Israel. He is a teacher and guide on the geography of Israel, has published numerous articles and books on hikes and trailing maps, hosted radio and television shows on these subjects and spearheaded the Israel National Trail marking project.
 
Prof. Amotz Zahavi is a resident of the Hatzeva Field School, which he directs, who was born in Petach Tikva, Israel. He was one of the founders of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and of the Nature Conservation Research Institute in Tel Aviv University. He is a prominent zoology researcher, one of the founders of the field school system in Israel and an activist in several environmental struggles.
 
Yoav Sagi is a resident of Tel Aviv who was born in Israel. He is the director of the Open Landscape Institute (Deshe Institute), one of the founders of the Nature Conservation Department of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and of the National River Restoration Administration and a member of the National Board for Planning and Building. He is a long-time activist on behalf of open space conservation in Israel.
 
Azaria Alon is a resident of Kibbutz Beit Hashita who was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to Israel in 1925. He was one of the founders of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. He is the editor of Encyclopedia of Plant and Animal Life in Israel and has authored numerous books and articles on the protection of flora and fauna.
 
Prof. Uri Marinov is a resident of Hertzliya who was born in Israel. He is a professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of Haifa University and also serves as an environmental consultant. He was one of the founders of Israel's Ministry of the Environment and served as its first director general.
 
Dr. Yossi Leshem, is a resident of Har Gilo in Jerusalem who was born in Israel. He is one of the founders of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration in Latrun and has taken an active part in raising awareness of nature protection. He is a lecturer and researcher in Tel Aviv University.
 
Orit Reich is a resident of Kfar Vradim in the Galilee and was born in Israel. She has been active for the past 15 years in the struggle to prevent and remove asbestos hazards in Nahariya and the Western Galilee. She founded the Association for Quality of Life and the Environment in Nahariya.
 
Yosef Tamir is a resident of Tel Aviv who was born in the Ukraine and immigrated to Israel in 1924. He was one of Israel's first environmental activists. As a Knesset member, he advanced many environmental laws, established the umbrella organization for environmental NGOs, Life and the Environment, and remains active in the environmental movement.
 
Bilha Givon is a resident of Omer in the Negev who was born in Israel. She founded the NGO "Sustainable Development for the Negev" and is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment in the Beersheba and Negev area. She has spearheaded numerous environmental campaigns and is a major force in the environmental movement.
 
The chairman of the selection committee, Justice (ret.) Tirkel has stated that "the committee did its best to have its selections reflect the widest possible range of personalities and fields of achievement and it very much regrets that it was unable to present the award to all of the candidates, since all of them deserved it."
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"נגב בר-קיימא" היא עמותה רשומה, שהוקמה בשנת 1998 מתוך הצורך בגיבוש עקרונות לתכנון ולפיתוח בר-קיימא בנגב ויישומם, דרך השפעה על מקבלי ההחלטות והציבור כולו.
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