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AGENZIA ITALIANA PER LA COOPERAZIONE ALLO SVILUPPO  - Libano e Siria - Sede di Beirut | – ITALIAN AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION - Lebanon and Syria - Beirut Office Ambasciata d'Italia a Beirut European Union Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Lebanon

Sustainable Development of the Buffer Zone of the Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve
500.000,00 €
Date of project
2016 - 2017
Ministry of Environment (MOE)
Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR)

Sustainable Development of the Buffer Zone of the Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve

This initiative is strengthening the management of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR), representing the largest nature reserve in Lebanon. The activities of the project promote in first place the development of the SBR particularly in terms of technical and infrastructural capacity for the sustainable development of its buffer zone, which plays a fundamental role for the protection of the natural and cultural heritage of the region and of the whole country. Among others it is foreseen to develop and implement an action plan for the protection of the biodiversity, to enhance the managerial capacity through specific training activities, to valorize biomass residues for energy purposes and to carry out activities for sustainable agriculture.


The general objective of this project is to improve the conservation and the protection of the Lebanese natural heritage in collaboration with the central and local authorities.

The specific objective is to strengthen the technical, managerial and infrastructural capacities of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve and of the Ministry of Environment in order to reach a sustainable utilization of the natural resources of the buffer zone.


The direct beneficiaries are the approximately 80.000 residents of the 22 villages belonging to the SBR which could take advantage from additional forms of revenue from sustainable resource management practices. Furthermore, the launching of small medium enterprises by the new generation will be stimulated in order to mitigate the abandoning of the rural zones by the youth.

The indirect beneficiary is the Lebanese population since the reserve is considered a national heritage.

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