In 2005, at the request of the Israel Council for Higher Education’s Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC), the Academy established a committee to document, report, and make recommendations regarding existing collections. Its efforts led the PBC to agree to a long-term funding plan for the collections in order to enhance research thereof and raise their quality to match high international standards. The Committee has contributed greatly to the continued existence, maintenance, and operations of the collections, as well as to the increase in the number of faculty members managing and promoting such research.
The Academy also sponsors efforts to document all known fauna and flora in the region. It has already published many highly detailed and well-received volumes of biological systematics in its Flora Palaestina and Fauna Palaestina series.
(The above photograph appears in the article “Species Diversity and Biological Collections" by Ruth Arnon and Tamar Dayan, in issue no. 17 of the Academy’s Igeret Magazine)