Israel's environmental movement: Strategic challenges

Alon Tal*, Shira Leon-Zchout, Itay Greenspan, Liat Oshry, Shira Akov

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We report results of a recent national survey of the Israeli environmental movement, assessing its activities, strategies, and financial viability. Since the early 1990s, the movement has undergone significant expansion, with numerous new organisations at both local and national levels. The movement is undergoing notable operational and ideological changes, and exhibiting tremendous capacity, cooperation, and increased sophistication. Yet, environmental NGOs still lack professional capabilities in key areas, greater inclusiveness of minority populations, and financial stability with sufficient funding from a diversity of Israeli donors. Key issues involving sustainability, such as consumption and overpopulation, still remain outside its agenda.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)779-791
Number of pages13
JournalEnvironmental Politics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank Naor Yerushalmi, Director of Life and Environment for his assistance throughout the research as well as the JMG Foundation for its financial support and Jon Cracknel for his advice in designing the study.


  • Israel
  • civil society
  • environmental movement
  • evaluation
  • national survey


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