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The Mediterranean Basin: Gardening, Plant Conservation and Modern Agriculture

4 January 2005
Jerusalem Botanic Garden

A new International Course on:

The Mediterranean Basin: Gardening, Plant Conservation and Modern Agriculture

at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and

CINADCO's Training Center-Bet Dagan

Israel, 5.4 - 19.4.2005

About the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens is the largest and most important botanical garden in Israel. It comprises around 10000 plant species, which were brought to Israel from all over the world and are being preserved for the benefit and enjoyment of the public.

The plants are displayed in six sections, each designed to create a miniature landscape of the region of origin of the plants.

The School of Garden and Landscape Studies of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens operates professional courses on various gardening and environmental subjects in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Jerusalem Botanical Garden operates enrichment programs for school children - from kindergarten to secondary school - on diverse subjects dealing with nature and preservation of the environment.


Israel's Centre for International Cooperation, known as MASHAV in its Hebrew acronym, was founded in 1958 as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is responsible for initiating and implementing Israel's development cooperation program worldwide. MASHAV aims at transferring the expertise and technologies which has assisted Israel in its own path to development to order countries. Today, Israel cooperates with over 140 countries, providing training in Israel and abroad, as well as operating projects in partner countries. MASHAV is active in fields ranging from agriculture to medicine and from community development to entrepreneurship.


The Centre for International Agricultural Development Cooperation (CINADCO) is a part of the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Since 1958 CINADCO has been in charge of the International Agricultural program conducted in Israel and abroad by MASHAV. CINADCO's activities consist of international and country tailor made courses in Israel on-the-spot courses abroad, long and short termed projects and advisory missions.

Israeli experts have also been sent to different locations around the world to conduct projects and to share the expertise in various aspects of agricultural production, extension, planning and organization.

The Course


The course objective is to introduce plant conservation through management and sustainable use of plant diversity in Mediterranean climate regions. It is in our view that the role of botanical gardens can and should be increased by raising public awareness of these matters through education. The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens decided to take part in the innovative framework for action in the global and regional levels by this initiative.


Conservation and the Botanical Gardens

  • Introduction to conservation and plant diversity.
  • The global strategy for plant conservation and the convention for biological diversity. Cites.
  • Sustainable plant diversity.
  • Species conservation: what species need preservation and why?
  • Conservation through education in The Botanical Gardens.
  • Conservation and horticulture - where do they meet?

The Mediterranean Region

  • Introduction to the Mediterranean Region
  • The Mediterranean basin flora: Important genera and species
  • Comparison between the eastern and western Mediterranean
  • Mediterranean transects to the temperate and dry regions
  • Topics in Mediterranean conservation
  • Cultivation of edible plants in the Mediterranean region

Mediterranean Gardening

  • The Mediterranean garden flora
  • Terraces, soil improvement, composting, mulching, planting, irrigation and plant protection.
  • General maintenance of trees, shrubs, sub-shrubs, perennials,
  • annuals and bulbs
  • How to grow Mediterranean species in other climates?
  • Mediterranean landscaping and designing

Modern Agriculture (performed by CINADCO)

  • Israel's agriculture: From mixed farming to export oriented
  • Water management and irrigation techniques
  • Soil conservation and drainage
  • Mediterranean commercial crops
  • Organic farming, herbs and medicinal crops

Requirements for Application and Admission

The course is designed for horticulturists, botanical garden curators, gardeners and conservationists. It is of special importance to participants from Mediterranean climatic regions and to the ones who engage with Mediterranean plant collections.

Candidates should have at least 2-3 years of experience in subjects related to the course. Good command of written and spoken English.

Application forms can be obtained from the Embassy of Israel or at MASHAV?s web-site: ( in Contact Us- Information and Registration)

Completed applications together with the attached professional questionnaire , required documentation and medical form accurately completed and signed by a physician. should reach the Israeli Embassy at least 5 weeks before the beginning of the course.


The cost of the course is US$ 2000.

No scholarships are available. Candidates should find the appropriate sources of funding.

General information


The course will be held in two main locations: The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in the city of Jerusalem and CINADCO?s International Training Center at Bet Dagan Agricultural Complex near to the city of Rishon Letzion Acommodation will be in double rooms. Single rooms can be available with extra charge.

Methods of study

The course will be based on lectures, discussions and field trips related to each topic. A final paper related to the topic of the course will be prepared in groups by the participants and presented at the end of the course. The final paper should be based on actual data. Participants who have projects in mind should bring along the necessary and up to date basic information for this purpose. It is recommended to bring portable computer (if available).


Sightseeing trips to sites of religious, historical and general interest will be held.

Arrival to Israel

The official opening of the course will be on April 5th, 2005. You are requested to schedule your arrival to Israel one day before the opening of the course. The "Tal Limousine" company will transport the participants free of charge from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem. The desk of "Tal Limousine" at the airport is located at the arrivals hall on the middle floor (left side). There is no responsibility for the use of other means of transport.

Departure from Israel

The closing ceremony of the course will be on April 19th , 2005. You are requested to schedule your departure flight for the following day. The organizing institution's official responsibility is valid only for the duration of the course. Visits to other countries need to be scheduled after the closing of the course. All visas must be obtained in the participant's country prior departure to Israel.


The course will be held during the springtime, when the weather in Israel is moderate. Temperatures may vary between 15?C and 25?C. It is recommended to bring warm and light clothes, appropriate shoes for field trips and bath suit.


The participants will be medically insured by a Health Insurance Policy. This policy does not cover the treatment of chronic diseases, dental care, eyeglasses, the period of pregnancy and specific medications taken by the participant on a regular basis. Participants with Malaria record are requested to bring along the relevant medication.

Personal belongings such as video cameras, portable computers, jewelry, etc. will not be insured It is recommended to take up separate insurance for such items.

For further information please contact:

For general information:

Mr. Israel Peretz -

For professional information:

Dr. Ori Fragman-Sapir -

International Course on:

The Mediterranean Basin: Gardening, Plant

Conservation and Modern Agriculture

Israel - 5.04 ? 19.04.2005

Professional Questionnaire

(Please photocopy, enlarge or re-type this questionnaire)

Fill in the details (typed or in block letters) and send it together with the application forms to the Israeli Embassy and to the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens - Fax No: 972-2-6793941 or by e-mail to:

Name of applicant: _________________________ Age: ____Male/ Female

Country: ________________________Nationality:_____________________

Mailing address: ________________________________________________

E- mail: __________________Tel: _____________ Fax: ________________

Last academic degree: _______________Year:_____Country: ___________

Employing Institution: ____________________________________________

From (year): ___________

Describe your professional responsibilities





Describe your personal interests related to the course topics




Have you attended any MASHAV course in Israel? Yes / No

Year: ___________ Institute: _____________________________________

The official MASHAV Application forms have been sent to the Israeli

Embassy in ______________________ on (date): ___________________


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