Omri Bonneh

Director of Northern Region, KKL-JNF

Dr. Omri  Bonneh has a PhD in Forestry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His dissertation dealt with the influence of thinning Pinus brutia and Pinus  halepensis stands on the tree physiology and on bark  beetles  population dynamic. Omri has a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government in Harvard University.

Omri works 37 years for Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), the Israeli Forest Service, and his last positions were the Director of KKL’s Northern Region and KKL Chief Scientist.

In his career, Omri contributed to the development of new forest policy and practices in Israel through research and field experimentation and envisioned and carried out many large scale environmental projects including the afforestation and reforestation of the Northern Region’s forests in the last 25 years and developing and managing of Lake Agmon Bird Sanctuary in the Hula valley.

Omri represents KKL-JNF in many National and International organizations including Nature and Park Authority in Israel, the International Arid Land Consortium and others.

Omri is involved for long time in forestry research and development activities in Israel and published many articles (some of them are listed below). He is teaching Forest management and Fire prevention and suppression in Haifa University and the Technical Institute of Haifa.

Dilijan National Park © Hakob Hovhannisyan