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04 June

| 2009 | 15:45

An Emergency Conference on the Land Reform

  • Free
  • Public
  • Radak 20, Jerusalem
  • Free
  • Public
  • Radak 20, Jerusalem
An Emergency Conference on the Land Reform
Thursday, 12th of Sivan, June 4th, 2009, 15:45
The Teddy Kollek Hall, Jerusalem Institute, 20 Rehov Radaq, Jerusalem
 
An Emergency Conference on the Land Reform and the Plan to Increase the Authority of the National Infrastructure Planning Committee
 
The Israeli government is currently in the process of advancing two expedited reforms that critically threaten the environment and society in Israel: a plan to reform Israeli land-ownership regulations and a plan to increase the authority of the National Infrastructure Planning Committee. While presented as expedient to the public, both plans stand to curtail further the ability of the public to influence planning and decision-making processes and land policy and to endanger Israel’s open spaces.
 
The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Environmental Policy Center at the Jerusalem Institute and the Open Landscape Institute will hold an emergency discussion on the proposed reforms with the following goals: making the proposed reforms known to the largest possible public; exposing the negative outcomes that are expected to arise from them; and discussing the challenges facing the process of framing a policy for regulating land-usage in Israel. The conference will aim to address Israel’s long-term social and environmental needs, as well as the problems which the reform was set to correct.
 
The Reform and the Enhanced Authority of the National Infrastructure Planning Committee – The Current State of Affairs and the Inadequacies of the Proposed Plans
 
Opening Remarks:
 
Prof. Eran Feitelson, Head, Federmann School of Public Policy and Government, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
First Session
 
Chair: Yoav Sagi, Head, Open Landscape Institute (OLI)
 
    • MK Eitan Cabel – Drafter of the Bill to Abolish the National Infrastructure Planning Committee
    • Yaron Bibi, Director General, Israel Land Administration –The Central Elements of the Reform
    • Iris Hahn, Open Landscape Institute – Problematic Elements of the Proposed Reforms
    • Prof. Eran Feitelson – Effective Governance, Transparency and Decision-Making in the National Infrastructure Planning Committee and the ILA
    • Valerie Brechia, Director, Environmental Policy Center, Jerusalem Institute – The Proposed Reforms from an Environmental Planning Perspective
    • Menachem Leibovitz, Deputy Chairman, JNF-KKL – “And the Land Shall not be Sold in Perpetuity…” – In Truth?
    • Attorney Nadia Ram, Association for Distributive Justice – Land Resources, Policy and Distributive Justice
    • Local Authorities: Regional Councils: Shmuel Ripman, Chairman, Association of Regional Councils. The Urban Sector Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem
    • Ran Haklai, Director, Leumi Mortgage Bank LTD – The Impact of the Reform on Housing Prices
    • Attorney Avi Drexler, Former Director General, ILA – Necessary Reforms in the Management of Land Resources
    • Yoav Sagi – The Reform’s Missing Element: Management of Land Resources as a Public Good
 
Second Session – Responses and Public Discussion
 
Chair: Eran Feitelson
 
    • Attorney Tzipi Iser Itzik, Executive Director, Israel Union for Environmental Defense
    • Architect Jonathan Golani, Former Director, Planning Authority, Ministry of the Interior
    • Attorney Ezri Levi, Former CEO, Jerusalem Development Authority
 
Admission is free.
 
Please confirm attendance at: 02-5630175 Ext. 11 or 13
 
Parking available at the Jerusalem Theatre