Bilha Givon, Executive Director:
After 15 years in education and instruction in the IDF and the public schools, Bilha began her career in Environment with the Society for the Protection of Nature Israel (SPNI) in education and instruction in the fields of Nature Study and Israel. Four years she was head of the Beer-Sheva Branch, seven years she coordinated for Preservation of Nature and the Environment in the South, leading resistance to environmentally detrimental initiatives, such as the Voice of America in the Arava valley, preservation of the craters and the sand dunes of Ashdod, and constructions at the coast line of the Mediterranean Sea and Eilat, and others. For five years she was the coordinator for the same unit of the SPNI in the national Tel Aviv office and led public campaigns on a national scale concerning the expansion of Ben-Gurion Airport, efforts for integrated treatment of household waste, Jaffa Port, Haifa Bay, etc. In addition to excursions and educational activities she has organized national conferences and training courses, participated in Knesset committee meetings, etc. Since 1998 when she founded SDN, she has for the most part dealt with pollution from chemical factories in Ramat Hovav, treatment of sewage water, and air pollutions establishing public forums (citizens and industry executives) with the major industries in the Negev (Brom, Makhteshim, Teva, etc.), introducing the various communities to the importance of the environment, establishing citizen-industry forums to encourage discussion of environmental issues and come to agreement regarding implementation.
In 2008 Bilha was one of twelve winners of the "Lifetime Achievement Award" for Environmental Protection by the Ministry of the Environment. The award was granted within the framework of Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations.
Eti Ben-Simol: Eti has both an MA in Education and Curriculum Development and a BA in Education and Philosophy. She is the Coordinator for the Sustainable Dimona Project, responsible for project activities and coordinates on-going programs with outside parties (municipalities, local councils, kibbutzim, etc.). Eti develops environmental curriculums for the schools in Dimona, while at the same time improving the school yards and teaching environmentally friendly practices and values.
Ronen Hiert: Ronen has an MA in Geography and a BA in Practical Geography and Environmental Development. He began to work for SDN in January 2008, preparing proposals and work programs for environmental surveys for recycling projects in Beer-Sheva, Omer and Dimona. Ronen participates in programs within Bedouin villages (Hura, Kesifa and Tel Sheva), as well as in river drainage projects, and is also involved in strategic planning implementation for sustainable development in Dimona and other localities.
Adib Abu-Sirchan: Adib has a BA in Public Policy. He began to work for SDN in December 2007 as the coordinator for projects in Hura and Kesifa, and is experienced in teaching children in the Bedouin sector. These projects aim to expose the Bedouin community to environmental issues and increase their awareness of the environment. He also coordinates courses for adults and maintains contacts with municipal and educational institutions, etc.
Rotem Shahar: Rotem has both a BS and an MS in Soil and Water Science. She has experience in both teaching, and water engineering. Rotem began working at SDN in January is currently working on reformatting the website, updating and expanding the website in English, and also working on fundraising. She is also coordinating the project to restore the Hebron-Be'er Sheva-Besor River Basin.
Hana Haziz: Project manager for the "Eshel Hanasi Project" at the Eshel HaNasi school mentioned in the key accomplishments section. She also worked as the manager of the community center in the city of Arad.
Nati Musari: Nati functions as our tour guide for groups that are interested in environmentally geared tours of the Negev. He is also the coordinator of the sustainable city project in Ofakim.
Nitza Ron: Before Nitza's secretarial position at SDN, she worked as a secretary at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
We also have 3 freelancers that work together on the sustainable city project in both Kiriat Gat and Kiriat Malachi
Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors includes professionals in fields relevant to the environment – architecture, education, medicine, chemistry, industrial development, natural sciences and others, artists working with materials from nature, etc.
Dr. Shlomit Tamari: Environmental Education, Research, Training, Ben-Gurion University, Sapir College.
Prof. Yitzak Meir: Desert Architect, Head, Department of Desert Architecture, Desert Research Center, Ben-Gurion University, Sde Boker.
Avi Dalomi: Professional Facilitator
Matiteahu Kones: Environmental Architect
Ora Levin: Education, degrees in Chemistry and Physics, former high school principal, Director of the community television in Be'er Sheva
Prof. Charles Howard: Orthopedist, Soroka Medical Center, Beer-Sheva.
Dr. Makhmud El-Nabari: Degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Studies, Chairman of Local Council, Hura
Dudik Shushani: retiree
Dr. Baruch Shatel: Environmental consultant
Dr. Tzur Galin: Director, Environmental Unit, Ramat Hovav Local Council
Irit Shahar: accountant
Dov Greendinger: Machteshim Factory employee
For more information:
Israel: Tel: 08-6909204/5; Fax: 08-6469247
"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.