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Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
Ensuring sustainable livelihoods:

challenges for governments, corporates, and civil society at Rio+10
8 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi

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DSDS 2002: Plenary session 10, 11 February 2002

Ministers of the environment: challenges at Rio +10
H E Tzachi Hanegbi
Minister of the Environment, State of Israel


The Minister’s speech will cover the achievements and challenges of Agenda 21 implementation in Israel. This includes the following general themes:

  • Increasing recognition of the importance of the environment and new principles incorporated into policies of the Ministry of the Environment.
  • Achievements and challenges in social and economic spheres.
  • Air pollution – solar energy use in Israel; the national air quality monitoring system; and the reduction of air pollution from vehicles.
  • Marine pollution – prevention and enforcement; responding to the threat of developmental pressure on the coastal and marine environment.
  • Water management strategies to preserve and protect Israel’s freshwater resources – new standards for reclaimed water in order to increase the capacity of wastewater reuse.
  • Achievements and challenges in managing open spaces for recreation and biodiversity protection.
  • New policies of integrated waste management to promote waste recovery and reduce landfill use.
  • Hazardous waste supervision and disposal, both industrial and domestic.
  • Environmental enforcement and deterrence – the Green Police; alternatives to ‘command and control’.
  • Increasing public involvement, NGO activity and environmental education.
  • Emphasis on pollution prevention – financial incentives for environmental investment; the Cleaner Production Centre.
  • Challenges ahead – sustainable development in local government; sustainable production and consumption; advanced economic incentives for environmental goals.