Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:03

Agroforestry - Sustainable Agriculture

The Friends of Nature (FON) NGO is coordinating the project AGROF-MM “Capacity Building on Agroforestry” for Lebanon. The project is EU funded through Erasmus+, and steered by AGROSUP DIJON as lead organization; it is originally designed for European partners who include: France, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Hungary, Turkey, Greece, and England. FON is the only partner from outside Europe assisted by our connections with the EC.

Background

In their quest to improve water quality and quantity, the Ministry of Water in France requested from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Agricultural sector to contribute their role because they are directly impacting both factors quality and quantity. Agroforestry was proposed as the best solution, even by the Ministry of Water. Thus, efforts were undertaken to expand the Agroforestry systems and practices even across Europe, of which is the current project.

Project Objective

The main objective of the project is to popularize the application of the Agroforestry systems and practices for their valuable economic, ecological and social benefits. This is to be accomplished through capacity building of various stakeholders, mainly:

  • ·     extant farmers through direct training of farmer groups, syndicates, etc.
  • ·      future farmers through the education programs at technical level and higher education levels

Objectives for Lebanon

Capacity building on Agroforestry will in this phase be dedicated to training of trainers in higher education, the trainers are hoped to deliver the notion on Agroforestry to future farmers (students) as well as general public.

Accomplishments

A.   FON has designed suggested course material in Agroforestry in addition to other links and resources tailored to Lebanon’s students and background.

a.     a full course to be taught in the Faculties of Agriculture. Some may be offering such a course; we may enhance the basics.

b.     a short intervention of 3-4 credit hours in existing courses of ecology, environmental science and introductory agriculture courses. Agroforestry is proven to be a valid solution for some of the ecological, environmental and agricultural problems; it is important to show the students that solutions exist and are being globally supported for implementation.

B.    FON has trained trainers (professors) from 9 universities of Lebanon in the faculties of sciences and agriculture to deliver the information package and train students on Agroforestry

C.    FON has availed the educational material to the trainers.

D.   The University of Holy Spirit of Kaslik has responded by opening an elective full course in Agroforestry in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. 24 students were already trained in Spring 2017.

E.    The project is still in progress throughout 2018 with more missions to be accomplished. 

Stakeholders

At the level of universities, FON has trained professor from the following universities

·      Beirut Arab University (BAU)

·      Lebanese American University (LAU)

·      Lebanese International University (LIU)

·      Lebanese University (LU)

·      Notre Dame University (NDU)

·      Saint Joseph University (USJ)

·      University of Balamand (UoB)

·      University of Holy Spirit of Kaslik (USEK)

At the levels of ministries, FON has also trained representatives from 

·      The Department of Rural Development and the Department of training at the Ministry of Agriculture,

·      The Department of Biodiversity at the Ministry of Environment.

And NGOs  : Lebanese Reforestation Initiative. 

 

Training of Trainers Workshop - Lebanon

 

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DISCUSSIONS

 

 

COFFEE BREAKS AND LUNCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published in CONSERVATION
Sunday, 30 July 2017 09:53

School Program for Biodiversity

 The Friends of Nature has launched its program “Connecting Children with Biodiversity” in 2016.

The program is educational dedicated to schoolchildren to come to our natural premises, and learn closely about the living beings, their role and value, with hands-on experiences and a lot of leisure.

The objective of the program is to re-establish the link between our youngsters and the natural surrounding in order to install in them the appreciation to living beings and their virtues to our better survival, as well as the consciousness to our responsibility for the preservation of nature and its beings.

We receive the children in a spacious natural surrounding on the shoulder of the Adonis valley. The children follow 4 workshops on the subjects of

  1. plants,
  2. insects and animals,
  3. natural cycles and their role in conservation, in addition to the cultural value of the Adonis valley,
  4. fossils to shed light on the natural history of Lebanon

The program attained remarkable success as attested by the children and their accompanying teachers. We received over 1350 students, and 70 teachers from a diversity of schools coming from a broad geographical range. We had schools from Saida, to Amchit and up to Qlaiat. The age of the students ranged from 6-7 year olds to 15-16 year-old adolescents.

We have established a collaboration with the UNESCO Lebanese National Commission and their network of associated schools and environment clubs.

FON has a team of  10 well-qualified coaches to carry out the program. The team was trained to address different ages with a wealth of comprehensible information attractive to the particular age group.

Our carrying capacity can reach up to 100 students per day with the ability to care for all of them.

 

Contact Us : FRIENDS OF NATURE ENCOURAGES ALL SCHOOLS TO Contact Us TO OFFER THIS TRAINING FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND ACCOMPANYING TEACHERS

 

 

SOME OF THE VISITING SCHOOLS

 

 

SOME OF FON TEAM OF TRAINERS

 

Published in CHILDREN & NATURE