Hamaarag - Israel’s National Ecosystem Assessment Program was founded in 2006 as a partnership framework between the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the Jewish National Fund – Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority and the Steinhardt Museum of Nature History – the Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies in Tel Aviv University.
Hamaarag essential mission is to proceed to the assessment of the state of nature in Israel in order to enable knowledge and science-based management of Israel’s open landscapes and biodiversity.
Hamaarag enhances the promotion of scientific know-how regarding the management of open landscapes and natural resources by continuously creating and sharing scientific knowledge about the state ecosystems and biodiversity in Israel. This information is accessible to decision makers focused on open landscape management, researchers and to the general public.
Hamaarag activities include: coordination of the National Terrestrial Biodiversity Monitoring Program, management of national monitoring programs following ecological disasters, editing and publishing the
State of Nature Report, coordinating and publishing the National Assessment Program for Ecosystems and Human Wellbeing, developing and coordinating the National Index of Biodiversity.
Monitoring processing is performed by researchers from academic research institutions and professional structures under Hamaarag mentoring.