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Using tradition to build sustainable livelihoods in Lebanon


Titre : Using tradition to build sustainable livelihoods in Lebanon

Pays : Liban

Durée : 7 June 2013 - 6 June 2018

Domaine : Development – Environment

The juniper forests of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains on the Lebanese-Syrian border recharge underground water resources and maintain a habitat that supports livestock grazing as well as rare and unique species of plants and animals, particularly migratory birds. But the watershed has suffered from years of overgrazing, overhunting, logging and forest fires, as well as a climate shift from continental to semi-desert. In response, EU cooperation, through the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, supports a project to revive the traditional practice of Hima, a type of community-based protected area.

* Project goal : Improve the conservation status of key biodiversity areas in Lebanon.
* Project Overall Objective : Reduce grazing threat to the Anti-Lebanon Mountain key biodiversity area (KBA) through community-based management. This includes :
* Adoption by local authorities of community-based Hima approach for sustainable grazing.
* Development of a zoned plan for sustainable grazing and conservation.
* Development of a management plan ensuring the protection of threatened species, conservation of natural habitat and sustainable use of resources.

* A municipal decree has established the new Hima Anti-Lebanon key biodiversity area (KBA).
* A zoned plan for sustainable grazing and the conservation of important plant areas has been developed.
* A Hima management plan has been developed, including a land use map.
* An income generation plan has been developed, based on the revival of traditional grazing practices, including capacity-building for women on carpet weaving ; for shepherds on herd health management ; and for shepherds and young people on local tourist guidance and guest house accommodation services.
* An ecotourism plan and packages have been developed.

Organisme d’exécution : THE WORLD BANK GROUP

Contribution Union Européenne (EUR) : 18 000 000.00
Coût Total (EUR) : 18 000 000.00

Union Européenne

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