The chief forester of the Chilean Forestal Corporation was in Israel last week in an effort to upgrade official ties between the afforestation department of Chile and the Jewish National Fund of Israel.
An official agreement has existed between the two countries for almost 10 years, but it was more a formality that never translated into actual cooperation projects.
The forester, Julio Garcia, was accompanied by Chilean Ambassador Marcos Alvarez for a meeting with Moshe Rivlin, chairman of JNF’s board of directors, and David Nahmias, director of Israel’s Land Development Authority. Together they discussed possible areas of cooperation and exchange programs.
The soil in the northern half of Chile is arid, with a high content of salt, similar to that in Israel’s south. Chile also suffers problems of water management, erosion and soil preservation.
Chile hopes to profit from research JNF has carried out in this field, which extended to creation of new techniques and advances in soil acculturation.