Wednesday, 02 August 2017 15:57

Creating the First Marine Reserve

Through the dedication, forceful lobbying and influential works of Dr. Ricardus Haber, the founding father of Friends of Nature, FON contributed the establishment of the first nature reserves by concept and practice legally, communally and effectively to set the national precedence and the prototype.

·      Ehden Forest Nature Reserve – the First Cedar Forest declared a Nature Reserve

o    6 years of fieldwork researching the biodiversity at the nature forest of Ehden proved the significance of the natural system at maintaining its assets under the immense threats.

o    FON launched an awareness campaign targeting various components of the social structure: teachers, students, elders, youth, university students, farmers, herdsmen, politicians, etc.

o    In parallel, activities safeguarding the forest and reducing anthropogenic pressures were executed with local volunteers.

 

·      Palm Island Nature Reserve – The first Marine Protected Area

o    In collaboration with the Environment Protection Committee NGO in Tripoli, FON worked on uncovering the biodiversity riches of the Palm Islands archipelago comprising 3 Islands: Sannani, Nakhel & Ramkeen.

o    Field research revealed the importance of the islands as the last resort to many of the coastal floral species and the struggle of these species for survival under intense pressures.

o    FON conducted an awareness campaign directed to local community of Mina-Tripoli, similar to Ehden

o    A series of activities were implemented to reduce the pressures off the islands

 

·      First Law of Conservation of Nature Sites in the Republic of Lebanon

o    FON drafted a conservation law and prepared a portfolio for each of Ehden and Palm Islands including biodiversity assessment, state of threats, significance of ecosystems, and landmarks as national assets.

o    The portfolio was presented to the Ministry of Justice for processing.

o    FON lobbied for the passing of the law for a year and a half, first with through the government, followed by the parliament

o    The law was passed without major change and ratified by the Lebanese parliament to be the first law of conservation of a nature site in the Republic of Lebanon. Law 121, March 1992 achieved the precedence for nature conservation.

 

·      International Platform - Rio Biodiversity Convention

o    Lebanon was one of rare developing countries that achieved nature conservation before to the Biodiversity Convention.

o    Owing to the efforts of FON, Lebanon went to Rio having accomplished a prototype of local and legal conservation.

o    Owing to the efforts of FON, Lebanon and the Ministry of Environment acquired huge funds for the conservation of biodiversity.

 

 

 

 

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
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