The Environmental Protection Ministry announces that as part of the state budget approved early this morning, it will receive a basic budget for the current year of NIS 384 million ($103 million), rising to NIS 395 million ($106 million) in 2024.
This is less than the NIS 429 million ($115 million) basic budget it received for 2022.
However, an additional NIS 510 million ($137 million) will be paid out over two years for special projects, it said.
This breaks down into: NIS 200 million ($53.8 million) for building the country’s climate resilience, helping transition to a net zero-emissions economy, and making urban living more sustainable; NIS 100 million ($27 million) for a new program to integrate environmental content in ultra-Orthodox communities, and for training in Orthodox teacher training colleges; NIS 170 million ($45.7 million) to implement an environmental licensing reform which will combine a slew of environmental permits into one single one; and NIS 40 million ($10.8 million) for various environment-related projects in local and regional authorities.
The ministry will receive 46 new positions to help it implement the licensing reform, six more for waste management, and a further six for purposes not defined.