The cabinet approved, Sunday, the planning and construction of a national network of birdwatching centers in the Negev and the Galilee at a cost of approximately NIS 37 million. The goal of the decision is to promote tourism, education, environmental awareness and research. According to the plan, four new birdwatching centers will be built in Sde Boker, Ein Gedi, Lotan and Hatzeva. Three existing centers in Kfar Rupin, Maagan Michael and Eilat will be upgraded.
Israel attracts approximately 540 species among the 500 million birds that fly from Europe and western Asia to Africa in the autumn and back in the spring. This combination of a great quantity and considerable variety of birds, alongside excellent tourist infrastructure and pleasant weather, make Israel a paradise for birdwatching.