11.12.2011 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Protection of Qadisha Valley from forest fires risk

The UNESCO Office in Beirut and the Association for Forests Development and Conservation (AFDC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, organized a training workshop entitled “Methods and Techniques for early intervention in Forest Fire Fighting”.

This training comes within the framework of the “Protection of Qadisha Valley from Forest Fires Risk” and in the framework of the “National Forest Fire Fighting Strategy in Lebanon”.

The training targeted Qadisha valley guards of Bcharre Municipalities Federation, and other volunteers from the region. Its main objective is to activate fire prevention measures and set a plan for early intervention during any fire incident within the valley and the surrounding villages.

The project also included enhancing the readiness of the Municipalities Federation by providing basic tools and equipment to be used in fighting forest fires. 

It is worth noting that Qadisha valley listed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO since 1998 is one of the special natural and cultural sites in Lebanon and the region, known for its unique environmental, cultural, and historic heritages. During the closing ceremony of the  workshop the trainees received participation certificates, in the presence Mr. Joe Kreidi representing UNESCO, Mr. Elie Makhlouf, president of Bcharre Municipalities Federation, and AFDC Director General Mrs. Sawsan Bou Fakhreddine. The organizers stressed on the significance of collaboration between concerned organizations to face all sorts of environmental risks threatening the valley and working towards activating the role of the guards in protecting the alley from forest fire incidents.      

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