Shokeda forest, under the jurisdiction of the Sdot Negev Regional Council, 2012
Sdot Negev Regional Council (Hebrew: מועצה אזורית שדות נגב, Mo'atza Azorit Sdot Negev, lit. Negev Fields Regional Council), formerly known as Azata Regional Council (Hebrew: מועצה אזורית עזתה, Mo'atza Azorit Azata) is a regional council in the northwestern Negev desert in the South District of Israel.
Despite security problems that include daily attacks by Qassam rockets from the Gaza Strip, the population of the Sdot Negev region has increased 55 percent since 2006. Residents have cited the educational system, atmosphere and rural lifestyle as incentives for moving to this part of the Negev.