In 2005, BIG JUMP (www.bigjum.org) started a movement to appreciate local rivers and recognize their significance through dedicating a day for activities with rivers especially jumping into them. They carry out this activity annually on global scale broadening and enlarging ever since.

This year, FON registered with BIG JUMP as local participant and organizer.

On 9 July 2017, we celebrated healthy clean beautiful rivers for Lebanon, on the same day as millions celebrated around the globe. We walked by the river side under the shade of water loving trees to reach the upper ponds and dipped in the waters of Ayoun el Samak, Dannieh paying respect.

This was the first time that Lebanon joined this movement, our participation featured on BIG JUMP website in a welcome note and the posting of our activity (http://www.bigjump.org/2017/07/welcome-libanon-the-first-big-jump-in-lebanon-with-a-4-h-walk/

FON will continue every year, insisting on giving respect to our rivers, voicing their importance and advocating the preservation of these habitats for biodiversity protected from pollution and degradation. We will plan a bigger and far-reaching participation for 2018 and thereafter.

 

 

Published in ECOTOURISM
Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:24

Ecotourism with Local Community

A main vocation of the ecotourism activities of the Friends of Nature is to support local communities with alternative income from nature-based activities, in order to

  1. engage them in the chain of beneficiaries and supporters of ecotourism,

  2. make them local advocates for preservation of natural assets and resources,

  3. help maintain them in the countryside and help them not to abandon and migrate to the cities after their livelihoods, so the mountains of Lebanon would remain alive with their original communities and not the wealthy few who would buy all our cultural heritage for pennies at times of scarcities.

 

HOW DO WE SUPPORT?

A-  LOCAL GUIDES, B- LOCAL PRODUCE AND ECONOMIC CYCLE

 

A- LOCAL GUIDES

Charbel - goat shepherd in Adonis valley & high mountains                                                                

  

Naim - a retired public schoolteacher

  

Fady - an apple farmer

Milad - head of Deir Dourit municipality

 

 

B- LOCAL PRODUCE

"IM TONI" village breakfast in family business                                           

   

Violette - village lady making a living

 

Drinking milk and yogurt directly from shepherd tent

 

Savoring and purchasing fresh fruits locally

   

Local economic establishments - local tavern

 

 

 

 

Published in ECOTOURISM