The government on Sunday decided to push off by two months inauguration of a project to restore the Carmel Forest, heavily damaged in a fire last December. The project, developed by the Environment Ministry, entails replanting and developing 22,000 dunams of forested area on Mt. Carmel. The project is to cost NIS 55 million.
That money will only be available in the 2014 budget, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said - hence the delay before the project can be started. Environment Minister Gilad Erdan criticized the decision, saying that “it is a shame that because of this decision we will leave the Carmel in the same damaged state that it had reached in the fire.”