The EU’s SwitchMed Programme announces their Switchers of the Month
The Switchers of May are Amir Balaban, a founding member of Gazelle Valley Park, and Alena Kacal, Director of the Jerusalem Bird Observatory (JBO). These two sites are part of the Jerusalem Urban Wildlife Initiative.
The initiative has created a place where people understand both the financial and environmental benefits of being close to nature. Places where it can feel like they are immersed in greenery — without ever having to leave the city.
Gazelle Valley Park is the first community in Israel which created a master plan for an urban wildlife site on such a large scale; while JBO organizes and hosts a program for high school students where they learn the hands-on measurement and observational science.
The SwitchMed sustainable consumption and production programme aims to promote a switch by the Mediterranean economies towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and green economy, including low-emission development, through demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency.