Most of the reserves on the West Bank lie in area C and are controlled fully by the Israelis. Only 13 reserves (or 11.3 % of the total reserve area) are within area B and, in a nonconflict situation, subject to Palestinian control. Since the events of September 2000, Palestinian access to area B has also been restricted by Israel. This means that the Palestinian management agency, currently the Ministry of Agriculture, cannot access most of the protected areas on the West Bank for management purposes – although enforcement activities in some reserves may be possible. Another impact has been the suspension of a protected areas project for the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

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