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The Jordan ValleyThe Jordan Valley 

The Middle East

Ihave been lucky enough to have been involved in many of the 12 or more projects which the Artists for Nature Foundation (ANF) has been associated over the past twenty or so years - from Spain, to Peru, India, Alaska and many other countries where art can be used to support and promote important conservation issues. See the ANF website

Recently I visited the Hula Valley in northern Israel as part of an ANF team of artists brought together to support the international conservation work going on there to protect an important bottleneck site for birds migrating along the Syrian-African Rift Valley between Africa, Europe, and Asia.
Historically the Hula valley was a vast swamp of papyrus, lakes, mud and marsh created over millennia by the natural low gradient of the Jordan River which flowed into the north end of the valley spilling out over an area of almost 50 square kilometres.  At its southern end a vast basalt plug restricted the flow of the Jordan river towards the Sea of Galilee and on to the Dead Sea.  Winter rains enlarged the wilderness that was a home for countless wild animals and many species of wild birds and a vital stopover site and seasonal home for many millions of migratory birds















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