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Upper Galilee Regional Council
Name: Mr. Moshe Shalit
Address:Upper Galilee Regional Council Upper Galilee Mobile post 12100

Upper Galilee regional council founded at 1950 and located at the northeastern corner of Israel, in the Galilee Panhandle.

Area of jurisdiction: about 30,000 acres The land under the jurisdiction of the council shares borders in the east with the slopes of the Golan Heights; in the north, with the mountains of Lebanon; in the west, with the Naftali mountains, the mountains of the central Galilee and the slopes of Mt. Cnaan, and in the south, with the Amiad-Farod highway.

Population: The population of the council numbers approximately 18,000 residents.

Number of settlements: 29 kibbutzim agricultural communities.

The Upper Galilee Regional Council has set itself a goal of reaching a population of 22,000 residents by 2020, by stimulating organic growth of the region – acceptance of people born here as adult residents, the addition of young newcomers and other target groups who see the region as a living environment, a home and a springboard for self-fulfillment.

The character of the Upper Galilee Regional Council is influenced not only by its composition (kibbutzim only), but also by two additional characteristics: geographical distance from the economic and political center of the State of Israel and proximity to the international borderline. In spite of those challenges, the council succeeds to create workplace and stable economy.
The main sources of incomes in the councils are: industry, agriculture, tourism and other free profession.

The kibbutz plants work in the plastics, rubber and water technologies fields, and produce products relating to defense and medical industries amongst many others.
The factories provide a great deal of employment for residents of the Council and of adjoining Authorities, and make up one of the largest bodies of employment in the region.
Regional factories and developing industrial areas attract businesses throughout the area.
Industry and trade are the source of approx. 65% of the area’s income.

Agriculture: The Council’s kibbutzim cultivate approx. 30,000 acres of land.

The Upper Galilee is one of the last areas of Israel where a continuous green environment is preserved throughout very large expanses of the region.
In recent years the Council has brought in a plan to encourage environment-friendly agriculture and the changeover to biologic pest control.
The region’s farmers are involved in traditional agriculture alongside research and development and agriculture-related industry.
Agriculture is the source of approx. 25% of the region’s income.

In the region: orchards, plantations, field-crops, poultry farming, dairy and beef-cattle farming and fish-farming ponds.
In order to prevent pollutions from agricultural sources, the council constructed a site for treatment of manure from dairy farm and poultry farms, with a support of LIFE foundation. The product, which is compost, goes back to the farmers, uses in the fields as organic fertilizer.
The council completes a Master Plan for agriculture.

Tourism: Every year, more than two million tourists come to the Upper Galilee to enjoy the
Unique landscape that has made it the most sought-after region of Israel.
In recent years, the Council has drawn up a plan for promoting Ecological Tourism.
The region offers 1,150 guest and hotel rooms.
Tourism is the source of approx. 10% of the region’s income.
Because the unique location of the Upper Galilee regional council, the council obligate to preserve the natural resources.

The Upper Galilee provides a third of Israel’s drinking water sources is situated in the drainage basin of the Sea of Galilee and maintains a position of national importance in environmental terms.
The Council invests large resources in education and information, and, jointly with Green organizations, in projects promoting environment.
The Council led a project for sustainable Jordan River with the support of the E.U LIFE foundation. The project "The Sources of the Jordan River: Humans and Nature" creates a framework of sustainable development that allows for the careful exploitation of natural resources while responding to the needs of man and nature.