Marine-pollution abatement on Israel's mediterranean coast: A story of palicy success

Dorit Kerret*

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IN 2009 ISRAELI MEDITERRANEAN beaches were closed for 109 days due to severe marine pollution (Zalul 2009). This would come as a harsh blow to the scores of Israelis who love their beach. In such a small, crowded, cement-based country, the coast offers the ultimate escape from the hectic lives most Israelis live. In any weather, rain or shine, on weekdays and even at night there are always people at the beach and in the water. This special affection for the coastal environment tends to make Israelis unforgiving when it comes to polluting their primary and beloved natural resource, and makes it very popular to condemn the apparent failure of marine-pollution-abatement efforts. As a result, it is rare to describe the history of Israel's marine-pollution abatement as a success. Yet, as this chapter shows, environmental quality along Israel's coastline has improved significantly, making this aspect of Israel's environmental history a success story.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBetween Ruin and Restoration
Subtitle of host publicationAn Environmental History of Israel
PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780822978114
ISBN (Print)9780822962229
StatePublished - 2012

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Environmental protection -- Israel
  • Marine pollution -- Israel
  • Mediterranean Coast (Israel)


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