09:00 - 09:30YMCA Entrance PatioArrival & Registration
09:30 - 11:00YMCA AuditoriumPlenary SessionEcosystem Management -
A Regional Perspective
Facilitator: Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem & Green Pilgrimage Network Ambassador
Planning from a Regional Perspective: Urban/Rural Linkages and OpportunitiesDalit Zilber, Jerusalem District Commissioner, Ministry of Interior
The Nature of Nature: Beyond Functional and Administrative BoundariesProf. Uriel Safriel, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Chairman MAB-UNESCO
Ecosystem Services: the Metropolitan LevelDr. Yoel Siegel, Coordinator URBIS Jerusalem Region & Consultant, Green Pilgrim Jerusalem
The Value of Nature for Cities and Their Surrounding AreasRussell Galt, Program Manager, ICLEI’s (Local Governments for Sustainability) Cities Biodiversity Center, Cape Town Area, South Africa
Launch of Jerusalem’s Biodiversity ReportHelene Roumani, Director, Jerusalem Bio-Region Center for Ecosystem Management & Consultant, Green Pilgrim Jerusalem
11:00 - 11:30YMCA Lobby & Outside PatioLight Refreshments
11:30 - 13:00YMCAParallel Round Table SessionsCommunities Working with Nature
Table One
The Reciprocity Between Nature and Faith Communities
Israel’s Seven-Year Land Cycle: Our Humble Responsibility in Caring for the Fertility of the Land
Facilitator: Avner Haramati, Chair, Jerusalem Intercultural Center, Organizational Psychologist, Green Pilgrim Jerusalem Planning Team
Dr. Kusum Vyas, Founder of the Green Kumbh Movement and GYAN initiatives of Living Planet Foundation
Ihab Balaha, Teacher of Islam, A Man of Peace
Einat Kramer, Director of Teva Ivri (''Hebrew Nature'')
Rabbi Yedidya Sinclair, Renewable Energy Entrepreneur & Green Pilgrim Jerusalem Consultant
Propst Wolfgang Schmidt: The Provost at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJH) in the Old City of Jerusalem, Church of the Redeemer
Dr. Shelley Ostroff, cultivator of individual and systemic wellness in groups, organizations and communities
Itzik Gaziel, Founder and Manager of the Ecological and Educational Farm, ''Hava and Adam''
Rev. Dr. Christian M. Rutishauser SJ, Provincial of the Swiss Jesuits
Table Two
“All Roads Lead To…”
Access and Orientation In and Around Pilgrim Cities
Facilitator: Dr. Avi Ramot, Director, Israel Accessibility Center, The Shekel Association – Community Services for People with Special Needs
Amnon Elian, Jerusalem Transportation Master Plan Team (JTMT),
Dr. Nurit Neustadt Noy, Expert on Mobility for the Visually Impaired
Guy Naim, Consultant to JTMT on Public Transportation Systems Presentation (Hebrew)
Haim Tsur, Musicologist, Violinist & Conductor
Table Three
Transforming Environmental Hazards into Resources
Facilitator: Arch. Osnat Post, Director of Green Pilgrim Jerusalem Planning Team
The Work of Palestinian and Israeli Students on the Theme of PilgrimageDr. Elias Messinas, Architect, Chairman ECOWEEK
Women as Change-makersFatmah Asali, Head of Shorouq Society for Women
A Vision for Clean & Accessible Mobility In and Around the Old City of JerusalemCount Philippe Piccapietra, Grand Chancellor of the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem
The Jordan River Covenant – Faith in the Ability to Restore and Fairly Share a Clean, Healthy and Holy River JordanElizabeth Ya'ari, Israeli Coordinator of the Jordan River Rehabilitation Project
Three Faith Representatives
Table Four
Community Gardens, Urban Nature, Inclusive Playgrounds for Disabled Kids in Jerusalem
YMCA Auditorium
Facilitator: Arch. Yael Hammerman-Solar, Director of the Department for Sustainable Development, Municipality of Jerusalem
Dena Maltinsky, Community Administration, Municipality of Jerusalem
Ariella Cwikel, Coordinator of Jerusalem Community Gardens Forum and Recycling Project, Municipality of Jerusalem
Amanda Lind, Community Gardens and Garin Dvash, SPNI Jerusalem
Arch. Assaf Shaked and Ze’ev Temkin, CEO, ''Tik Proyetctim'', The Jerusalem Urban Nature Plan Team
Israel Galon, Head of Flora and Gardening Wing in ''Shaham'' and National Head Forrester in The Ministry of Agriculture
Arch. Tali Cohen-Anderson, Acting Head of Accessibility Department, Municipality of Jerusalem
The Vertigo Eco-Art Village as a Lever for Green Tourism – a Total Living Experience
Movement Workshop - Contact Improvisation
This introductory class uses movement to develop participants’ listening and communication skills and improve their ability to work in teams. This workshop can also be done with a focus on the issue of disability and differently-abled communities in a specially facilitated session with differently-abled participants.
Adi Sha'al, Founder and Co-Director, Vertigo Eco-Art Village, Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Heh, Ella Valley
13:00 - 14:00YMCA Lobby & PatioLunch & Lunchtime Concert"Persian Piyutim and Percussion"Featuring Maureen Nehedar and Friends
14:00 - 15:30 OUTDOOR WORKSHOPTransforming Lives One Dog at a Time: Guide Dog Training in IsraelNoach Braun, Co-Founder & Director of the Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind, Bet Oved
14:00 - 15:30YMCAParallel Sessions:
Round Tables & Workshops
Ethics & Economics of Eco-Systems
Table One
Community-Based Projects for Sustaining Ecosystems in Wadi El Nar-Kidron Valley Neighborhoods
Facilitator: Gery Amal, Director, Dead Sea Drainage Authority
Idit Alhasid, Wadi El Nar-Kidron Valley Community Projects Coordinator
Leaders of Community Projects Wadi El Nar-Kidron Valley Neighborhoods: Orit Golan, Safa Mousa, Liana Nabil, Wafa Atoon, Amin Khalaf, Rana Khalaf, Firas Hamad
Table Two
Eco & Sustainable Tourism:
Israeli and International Experience

YMCA Auditorium
Facilitator: Ayelet Rosen, Director of Foreign Relations, Ministry for Environmental Protection
Deirdre Shurland, UNEP Senior Consultant and Coordinator of Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism
Michal Wimmer-Luria, CEO, Eco & Sustainable Tourism, Israel, and Coordinator of Israel’s Green Passport.
Video: The Whole Picture - Sustainable Tourism in Israel

Carmit Fintz, Director, Planning Department, Israel Ministry of Tourism

Presenting my Responsible Award Winning guest house in Nazareth: Fauzi Azar InnMaoz Inon, Co-owner and founder of the “Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, “Jesus Trail” and the "Fauzi Azar Inn" - a Responsible Tourism Award Winner for best accommodation for local community - link to presentation
Envisioning a Sustainable Jerusalem – The Hospitality IndustryDavid Miron-Wapner, Sustainable Technology Projects, Yoyah Group
Green Tourism as a Lifestyle Choice for JerusalemIlanit Melchior, Director of Tourism, Jerusalem Development Authority
Table Three
Evaluating Nature or Appreciating its Value?
Facilitator: Dr. Yoel Siegel, Coordinator URBIS Jerusalem Region & Consultant, Green Pilgrim Jerusalem
Keren Klass, Israel National Ecosystem Assessment, Hama’arag
Dr. Dan Malkinson, Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa
Prof. Dan Czamanski, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Haifa
Prof. Tal Alon Moses, Head of Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Technion, Haifa
Dr. Sinaya Netanyahu, Chief Scientist, Ministry of Environment
Yossi Mossel, Managing Director, Hama’arag
Arch. Yael Hammerman, Director, Dept. of Sustainable Planning, Jerusalem Municipality
Table Four
The Ethics of the Public Domain Part II
Facilitator: Prof. Alistair Bath, Dept. of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem & Green Pilgrimage Network Ambassador
Dr. Lawrence Brahm, Founder of The Himalayan Consensus and Shambhala Serai Group
Daniel Milo, Director of the Center for Ethics, Mishkenot Sha’ananim
Rabbi Yedidya Sinclair, Renewable Energy Entrepreneur & Green Pilgrim Jerusalem Consultant
Table Five
Keeping Nature Nearby: An Essential Component of Urban Life
Facilitator: Sigalit Rachman, Jerusalem Director, SPNI
Yoni Shapira, Vice Chairman Israel Tour Guide Association (ITGA)
Arch. Rachelle Weiner, Weiner Singer Landscape Architects, Head of Planning Team of the Gazelle Valley
Uzi Shamir, Community Organizer for the Gazelle Valley, SPNI
Nerys Jones, Strategic Greenspace Consultant
The Case for Jerusalem Trees: Presenting the New Survey initiated by SPNIPearl Kaplan, Coordinator, SPNI
15:30 - 16:00YMCA Lobby & Outside PatioLight Refreshments
16:00 - 17:30YMCA AuditoriumClosing Plenary SessionNature, Cities & Landscapes as Sources of InspirationFacilitator: Prof. Chris Baines, UK-based leading independent environmentalist, award-winning writer and broadcaster
Managing a Complex CityYossi Heiman, Director-General, Jerusalem Municipality
Significance of Community Outreach – the Tibetan ExperienceDr. Lawrence Brahm, Founder of The Himalayan Consensus and Shambhala Serai Group
The Sustainability of Pilgrimage and HeritageProf. Mike Turner, UNESCO Chair in Urban Design and Conservation Studies, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Nature in a Mega City:
The case of Mexico City
Dr. José Bernal Stoopen, Director-General of Zoological Gardens and Wildlife, Mexico City
Birds: Pilgrims Without BoundariesProf. Yossi Leshem, Senior Researcher in the Department of Zoology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University and Founder and Director of the International Center for the Study of Bird Migration at Latrun, Israel, established by Tel Aviv University
Green Mapping from a Global PerspectiveWendy Brawer, Director, The Green Map, NYC
17:45 - 18:45YMCA"The Ultimate Green Pilgrim Jerusalem Dish"Famous Jerusalem Chefs Showcase their Offering of the Perfect GPJ dish
20:00 - 22:00Abraham Hostel BarCocktail Reception in the Hostel BarR&R After a Busy Symposium Day

Live Music with
"The Jerusalem Funk Band"

Abraham Hostel, 67 Hanevi’im Street (Street of the Prophets), Davidka Square