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Ecotourism in Lebanon

Jabal Moussa… a true mosaic of nature, culture and impressive landscapes… From dramatic scenic views including the Adonis Valley, and a uniquely rich biodiversity that remains mainly unspoiled, to cultural and historical features, Jabal Moussa is drawing tourists from Lebanon and all over the world. Our major goal is to unveil the incredible richness of our Jabal to as many people as we can without negative impact on its natural wealth.

Shouf biosphere reserve: Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes the reserve’s most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Al-Shouf , Barouk and Ain Zhalta – Bmohary in addition to Fakhreddine fortress in Niha . From the summit of the rugged mountains, visitors will have a panoramic view of the countryside, eastward to the Beqa’a Valley, Ammiq wetland and Qaraoun Lake, and westward toward the Mediterranean.

The Tannourine Cedars Forest : The Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve protects one of the largest and densest cedar forests in Lebanon. Eighty percent of the trees in the forest are cedars. The unique geography and topography of the forest has sheltered the area from excessive tourist activity. The hiking trails, here, in the rocky terrain of the mountains are not for the faint of heart. However, a trip to Tannourine is well worth it. The stunning mountainous landscape, with cedars seemingly defying gravity and growing on extremely vertical slopes, is impressive. Visitors will also enjoy the opportunity to discover rock-cut or naturally occurring grottos on their hike, as well as rare flowers particular to this high altitude terrain.

Ammiq Wetland: Lying in the heart of West Bekaa, Ammiq is a quiet Lebanese village notorious for its fertile lands and jaw dropping fauna and flora, particularly its wetlands. Home to a number of rare species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles, the vast wetland is in the process of being declared a National reserve.

Hima Ebel es-Saqi

Declared as Hima by municipality – hunting banned, grazing restricted, management plan put in place, Site Support Group and SPNL chapter initiated for conservation and awareness issues

Located in Southern Lebanon between Marjayoun and Hasbaya, west of the Hasbani River. The village lies on the Rift valley flyway

Habitat: Scrubland, Olive groves, Conifer plantation, Agriculture/cultivation and river corridor

 Current conservation measures & future plans: Declared as Hima by municipality – hunting banned, grazing restricted, management plan put in place, 

Hima Kfarzabad: Hima Kfar Zabad was announced on 26 October 2004 to protect the site from all kinds of abuses, especially continuous hunting. The Hima area covers the whole Important Bird Area that constitutes the wetlands in addition to the agricultural lands. This area is highly rich in its unique flora and fauna; with more than 138 bird species, and a number of globally threatened plants. The area is characterized by the breeding of Syrian Serin globally threatened bird in addition to otter and wild cat.

Kfar Zabad wetlands are the last publicly owned wetlands in the Bekaa valley, where a lot of migratory waterfowls pass. It depends on two main springs: Ma’asaya & Shamsein which combine later as the Ghzayil River that constitute one of the tributaries of Litani River. It provides drinking water to over 30 surrounding villages.

Lebanon Mountain Trail: The (LMT) is the first long-distance hiking trail in Lebanon. It extends from Andqet Akkar in the north of Lebanon to Marjaayoun in the south, a 470-km (293 miles) path that transects more than 75 towns and villages at altitude ranging from 600 meters to 2,000 meters (about 1,800-6,000 feet) above sea level. The LMT showcases the natural beauty and cultural wealth of Lebanon’s mountains and demonstrates the determination of the people of Lebanon to conserve this unique heritage. The trail brings communities closer together and expands economic opportunities in rural areas through environmentally- and socially-responsible tourism.

 

 

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