The Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) was established as two separate entities (which were merged in 1998), by a law passed by the Knesset in 1963, to meet the goals of the National Parks, Nature Reserves and Commemoration Sites Law and the Law for the Protection of Wild Animals. The INPA’s goals translate into obligations to protect nature and heritage sites and care for them for the benefit of the public, and to educate the public in keeping with them. The INPA is a government authority held in trust for the public. Its assets, nature reserves and national parks belong to everyone, and the INPA views them as a trust to be protected for the generations to come.
The following professional considerations guide the INPA in the management of its national parks and nature preserves:
Protecting nature – In the framework of the organization’s activities to protect nature, the INPA decides which areas should be preserved, promotes their official declaration as nature reserves or national parks, and manages them. The INPA also plans general policy with regard to open spaces and ecological corridors. In addition, the authority works to protect species by bolstering them. It also works to save endangered local species and to deal with invasive or overabundant species.
Making sites accessible to the public – The organization has invested a great deal in making national parks and nature reserves accessible to everyone. It develops paths at its sites with varying degrees of difficulty, including paths for people with mobility challenges. The INPA also encourages people to visit its sites by presenting folklore events and guided tours, installing signage and maintaining staffed information stations.
Conserving and reconstructing heritage sites – The INPA carries out extensive conservation and reconstruction of historical and archaeological sites in nature reserves and national parks and maintains them on an ongoing basis. The authority is constantly working to bring visitors to see its finds, which are its valued assets, and to strengthen the public’s relationship to them. To this end, the INPA carries out many educational and cultural activities to breathe new life into its sites and to involve nearby communities and
Planning and development – The INPA takes part in planning commissions as a representative of the government’s decision-making bodies. As a member of these commissions, it is the authority’s task to protect nature reserves, national parks and the long-term planning of open spaces in Israel from processes that threaten them due to development needs.