Dana
Tabachnick

Project: Center for Climate Change Policy

Dana is an environmental policy consultant specializing in Climate Change, Environmental Advocacy, and Natural Resource Management. She has experience working with the United Nations Development Programme, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and different NGOs.

As a Consultant at UNDP, she worked on implementing environmental policy on the mining process in different developing countries around the world. In her former capacity as the Director of the Economy and Environment Department at Adam Teva v’Din, she led the project of promoting policies regarding climate change, sustainable development of extractive resources and sustainable energy use.

Today Dana is working with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, as the coordinator and policy advisor of the river rehabilitation project. She is also developing the Center for Climate Change Policy in Israel.

Dana holds an LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an LL.M degree from Columbia University where she focused on environmental and international law.

MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET

My motivation is to improve the local and regional resilience and help its citizens cope with the impacts of climate change. The Center goals are to increase understanding among decision-makers and the public on the impacts of climate change in our country and the region and to design adequate responses to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Israel is one of the most innovative technologically-advanced market economies in the world. Yet, climate change remains a low priority in the Israeli agenda, not just by domestic policy-makers but also by the civil society. Few resources are allocated to environmental issues, let alone climate change, as there are “bigger issues” Israel is dealing with. The Center will promote greater understanding in Israel of the urgency in finding ways to adapt and change policies in order to mitigate the damage of climate change. This issue also ties into larger problems in the region. The Center will initiate interaction with neighbouring countries and their cities, and offer a platform for improving regional collaboration, bringing together experts, legal scholars, governmental officials and practitioners.

 By travelling around the world, I discovered the rich realms of lands, animals, cultures and people, it made me understand how crucial it is to preserve it and not only improve our quality of life but to save lives and make sure the next generation can live freely and not become a victim to the extreme climate change impacts and lack of natural resources. There is no doubt that there's the need for more effort to bridge the gap between climate change reality and the current irresponsible policies. I am fortunate to have acquired skills that can be used to promote a cause I strongly believe in and I can't wait to start.