Pipeline restoration in different ecosystems throughout Israel

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David Meninger, Tom Zylberberg, Reut Ein-Gil

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Israel is a densely populated country with a vast range of unique ecosystems. The growing need for energy necessitates a distribution of more pipelines across the country, particularly for gas. It is essential that companies placing these pipelines adhere to environmental requirements before, during, and after the work so that proper ecological restoration of the disturbed areas can take place. Geoteva Environmental Consultants have been assisting companies in applying environmental guidelines to pipeline establishment for over 20 years. These guidelines include the excavation and return of the topsoil layer, the narrowing of the work area, special protection of natural assets, and return of habitat heterogeneity. More specifically, in every pipeline project undertaken, a tailor-made restoration plan was developed based on precise ecological properties of each area. Here, we look at three such pipeline projects in three different ecosystems throughout Israel: Mediterranean meadows in the lower Galilee, Mediterranean woods and shrubland in the Jerusalem mountains, and arid cliffs and riverbeds in the Dead Sea. These pipeline projects were completed in the years 2017-2018, and we returned to these sites to evaluate the restoration efforts. Our analysis shows that the ecosystem was restored and that minimal environmental and scenic damage occurred. Overall, we show that the implementation of environmental guidelines, along with a site-specific ecological plan, proved successful in the restoration efforts of these pipeline projects.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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