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2001

Protection of the forests with particular emphasis on the new pest Cephalica tannourinensis infesting Lebanon’s Cedars

Liban

Titre : Protection of the forests with particular emphasis on the new pest Cephalica tannourinensis infesting Lebanon’s Cedars

Pays : Liban

Identification du projet : TCP/LEB/0169

Date : 2001

Présentation
* Background : Cedar trees in Tannourine – Lebanon has been severely infested by a new insect species, the web-spinning sawfly. There was a possibility for the spread to surrounding forests. Neighboring countries including Syria and Cyprus expressed concerns for the spread of the pest. Cedrus libani population in Lebanon are spread over 2200 Ha and considered to be a national symbol and it is found of the Lebanese flag. “Cedars of the God” in Bcharreh – North Lebanon have been registered in the world heritage convention
* Objectives : The objective of the project is to control the web-spinning sawfly infesting the cedars of Tannourine

Outputs :
* Joint venture with the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the French Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) to identify the new pest, identifying the its life cycle and its natural enemy complex for an immediate control and long term management
* Collection of data on the pest and its damage to determine the necessary intervention. Consequently ULV spraying operation using a suitable insect growth regulator covered the infested area and a special team evaluated the condition by direst surveys before and after spraying
* Laboratory back up was available to identify the pest
* Various publications were issued and public awareness campaign included the provision of pamphlets along with articles in national newspapers
* Since the project was ongoing for the sawfly, it was convenient to widen the survey to cover all pests and diseases threatening forests in Lebanon
* Exchange of information about control methods of forest pests, aerial application and IPM through a study tour in France

Organisme de mise en oeuvre : The Directorate of Natural Resources and Rural Development at the Ministry of Agriculture

Budget : US$ 150,000

Document source : Coopération FAO-Liban (page 18)

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