10.05.2018 - UNESCO Office in Cairo

Biodiversity Conservation: Within and Beyond UNESCO Designated Sites in Lebanon


April 26, 2018 | West Bekaa country club, Khirbet Qanafâr, Lebanon.


A workshop entitled "Biodiversity Conservation: Within and Beyond UNESCO Designated Sites in Lebanon" was held under the Patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Environment, on April 26, 2018

The workshop was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lebanon and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab region in Cairo and the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab region in Beirut as part of the GEF project 'Sustainable Land Management in the Qaraoun Catchment'. The main purpose of the workshop was to expose new insights on the application of inclusive planning in the context of biodiversity conservation and cultural heritage protection within and beyond UNESCO designated Sites.

The sessions introduced UNESCO designated sites including Biosphere Reserves, Global Geoparks and World Heritage Sites and it identified local biodiversity hotspots and natural and cultural landmarks in Zahle, Rachaya and West Bekaa. The workshop also shed light on the link between UNESCO designated sites and the UNDP-SLMQ project and their contribution to sustainable land management. The workshop brought together a wide range of stakeholders including central authorities, local authorities, UN agencies, international organizations, professionals from various sectors, Non-Governmental Organizations, academic institutions as well as public and private schools.

A field inspection was made by Sheikh Saleh Abou Mansour (President of Jabal El Sheikh Municipalities Federation), Eng. Dominique Choueiter (UNDP-SLMQ Project officer) and Dr. Elsa Sattout (UNESCO Programme Specialist) on April 27, 2018 to Jabal El Sheikh (Mount Hermon). The team aimed to delineate the potential boundary of the Biosphere Reserve Zones and/or the Cultural Heritage Site as well as to draw an idea about the cluster of villages to be part of the inspiring site to be designated by UNESCO.

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