AMOS BRANDEIS - ARCHITECTURE, URBAN & REGIONAL PLANNING LTD.
RIVER RESTORATION & WATERSHEDSMany rivers around the world need restoration. They suffer from contamination, lack of water, frequent floods, sedimentation, loss of diversity, urban development, poor management or other problems which cause their degregation. Around the world, many river restoration projects have been planned and implemented. Most of them, however, dealt solely or mostly with one main aspect of the problem, and therefore succeeded only partially.
The company specializes in the preparation of comprehensive river restoration planning, which defines the right balance between all the aspects of the various disciplines and suggests a long-term sustainable solution. Typically, these plans are also very important for the regional development for an area much larger than the river itself, as a regional development tool. Our river restoration plans include a thorough analysis of the existing situation and processes, a definition of goals and policy, a spatial plan and an implementation chapter. This chapter contains all the projects and acts to be implemented, and specifies the order of priority. Each of our plans is site-specific and different from the others. Our team includes experts from the various relevant disciplines and also, in many cases, local professionals who know the area better than we do.
Our leading river restoration project is the award winning Alexander River Restoration Project which was launched in 1995. It has demonstrated on-the-ground results and also a very unique collaboration between Israelis and Palestinians in a joint effort to solve a severe environmental problem of a cross-border river in an era of turmoil in the Middle East. The company has conducted the entire overall planning and management of the project since its inception.
We have prepared master plans and outline schemes for the most polluted river in Israel (the Kishon in Haifa) and the most important river in Israel (the Yarkon) which flows in the city and metropolitan area of Tel Aviv. The Yarkon River project was planned by the architectural firm of architect Arie Rahanimoff, head of the planning team.
We have prepared a pre-feasibility study for the Lake Bam project in Burkina Faso, Africa. This is part of the twinning project between the Alexander River Restoration Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources (Burkina Faso), initiated and financed by the International River Foundation (Australia). This project is attempting to deal with the lack of water and the drying out of a lake that forms part of the upper Volta River system in a very hot and arid area, with a fast growing and very poor population which is totally dependent on this lake.