Wednesday, 26 July 2017 10:46

Ecotourism in Fatri

ESTABLISHMENT OF AN ECOTOURISM AREA IN FATRI

is a project funded by USAID through Rene Mouawad Foundation program BALADI.

The goals of the Friends of Nature to initiate and develop ecotourism in the legendary Adonis valley met with the aspirations of the Adonis valley (private food company)

and worked together on the building of a project to start ecotourism in Fatri village where we are both based.

The project grew to include the municipality of Fatri and another local NGO - Aie Confience.

 

The project is under implementation and it includes the following components:

- USAID funds the construction of a center on municipal land; Fatri municipality will be responsible for the management of the center where the Friends of Nature will conduct activities on awareness to nature, biodiversity, environmental problems to the local and general public.

- The old footpaths will be cleaned and rehabilitated so the Friends of Nature manages and executes under its Shepherds Routes Hiking program visitation and hikes on the trails, thus bringing visitors to the village.

In the guided tours, the visitors will be directed to visit important village sites and to benefit from the local produce purchased directly from the farmers.

- A camping area will be developed by the project and remains under the responsibility of the municipality, it will be managed by Aie Confience NGO.

- The private sector represented by the local food industry Adonis Valley is supported to broaden the development of its organically based food products and thus indirectly support farmers to sell their produce. The Adonis Valley has adopted the 100%renewable energy policy and full treatment of its refuse.

 

USAID and BALADI have installed three street panels to commemorate the project.

Friends of Nature initiated its ecotourism activities with the hike named DARB EL CHIR under the beautiful cliffs of Alita-Fatri. More will be coming.

 

PANEL 1

 

 

PANEL 2

 

PANEL 3

 

 

 

 

Published in ECOTOURISM
Friday, 02 June 2017 16:51

Rhododendrons

The Friends of Nature (FON) invites you to its new hiking :

Rhododendron: nature's flamboyant bouquet

Incredibly beautiful, Rhododendron bushes carpet the landscape with flowers.
Now is their season, come enjoy them
And embrace Baskinta's nature.


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Destination: Baskinta village
Date: Sunday 28th May 2017
Level: Moderate
Altitude: 1250 m.
Denivelation: 200 m.
Average walking time: 4 hours

-Morning meeting point: Liban Park at Mathaf Beirut (parking fees: 2500LL)
Meeting time: 7:15 am
Departure: 7:30 am sharp
-Second meeting point: Spinneys Dbayeh at 7:40 am
Back to the morning meeting point: 5:00+pm
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There will be a breakfast stop at a local furn.
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FON will provide the following:
Transportation, guides, healthy snack, water, 5 minutes warming up and stretching for only 25$/person. Special price for groups and families.

Payment will be done during the hike day.

Reservations must be done before Saturday May 27.
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Instructions: bring with you: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking sticks, hiking shoes.

For more information and for reservation call or whatsapp: +961 70 343014

Friday, 02 June 2017 15:43

Sofar Black Iris

 LEBANON'S BLACK IRIS HAS PUT ON ITS FLOWERS, IT'S TIME TO VISIT.

 

The Friends of Nature (FON) invites you to its new hiking :

Sofar Black Iris
Laqlouq - Ehmej

Enjoy a masterpiece of creation at the peak of its bloom, Iris Of Sofar, one of Lebanon's special irises, and treat yourself to gorgeous landscape.
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Destination: Laqlouq
Date: Sunday 14th May 2017
Level: Moderate
Altitude: 1500 m.
Denivelation: 200 m.
Average walking time: 4 hours
Trail: From Laqlouq to Ehmej

-Morning meeting point: Liban Park at Mathaf Beirut (parking fees: 2500LL)
Meeting time: 7:15 am
Departure: 7:30 am sharp
-Second meeting point: Spinneys Dbayeh at 7:40 am
-Third meeting point: Paul Maameltein at 7:50 am
Back to the morning meeting point: 5:00+pm
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There will be a breakfast stop at a local furn.
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FON will provide the following:
Transportation, guides, healthy snack, water, 5 minutes warming up and stretching for only 30$/person. Special price for groups and families.

Payment will be done during the hike day.

Reservations must be done before Saturday May 13.
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Instructions: bring with you: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking sticks, hiking shoes.

For more information and for reservation call or whatsapp: +961 70 343014

Friday, 02 June 2017 13:35

Ehden Orchids

EHDEN FOREST NATURE RESERVE A TREASURE NOT TO MISS ON

 

The Friends of Nature (FON) invites you to its new hiking :

Orchids in Ehden Nature Reserve

We will walk the Cedar forest nature reserve of Ehden to enjoy its majestic landscape, beautiful cedars and diverse beings especially the blooming wild orchids.


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Destination: Ehden Nature Reserve or Horsh Ehden
Date: Sunday 7th May 2017
Level: Moderate
Altitude: 1300 m.
Denivelation: 200 m.
Average walking time: 4 hours
Trail: loop (uphill-downhill)

-Morning meeting point: Liban Park at Mathaf Beirut (parking fees: 2500LL)
Meeting time: 7:15 am
Departure: 7:30 am sharp
-Second meeting point: Spinneys Dbayeh at 7:40 am
-Third meeting point: Paul Maameltein at 7:50 am
Back to the morning meeting point: 5:00+pm
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There will be a breakfast stop.
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FON will provide the following:
Transportation, reserve entrance fees, guides, healthy snack, 5 minutes warming up and stretching for only 30$/person. Special price for groups and families.

Payment will be done during the hike day.

Reservations must be done before Saturday May 6.
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Instructions: bring with you: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking sticks, hiking shoes and water (minimum 1.5 liters).

For more information and for reservation call or whatsapp: +961 70 343014

Thursday, 01 June 2017 16:32

Apple Blossom

Come discover amazing Akoura's landscape with us !!! Don't forget your camera. We're waiting for you.

 

The Friends of Nature (FON) invites you to its new hiking :

Apple Blossom

Walking the orchards in their white bloom to feel the magic of Spring.
Accompanying clouds will add expression to the fields and mystery to the landscape.
It is the perfect combination for magnificent scenery and supreme photos. Walk with us.


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Destination: Apple Orchards of Akoura
Date: Sunday 30th April 2017
Level: Moderate
Altitude: between 1400 m and 1550 m.
Average walking time: 4 hours

-Morning meeting point: Liban Park at Mathaf Beirut (parking fees: 2500LL)
Meeting time: 7:15 am
Departure: 7:30 am sharp
-Second meeting point: Spinneys Dbayeh at 7:40 am
-Third meeting point: Paul Maameltein at 7:50 am
Back to the morning meeting point: 5:00+pm
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Breakfast stop: Manakish at Aaqoura village.
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FON will provide the following:
Transportation, guides, healthy snack, 5 minutes warming up and stretching for only 30$/person. Special price for groups and families.

Payment will be done during the hike day.

Reservations must be done before Friday April 28.
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Instructions: bring with you: hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, hiking sticks, hiking shoes and water (minimum 1.5 liters).

For more information and for reservation call or whatsapp: +961 70 343014