Women of the wild

Lebanon Traveler - - NEWS -

To cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Women’s Day on 8 March, the Le­banon Re­for­esta­tion Ini­tia­tive (LRI) launched the project "Green­ing the An­cient Ter­races" (GREAT) at St. John Monastery, El Khen­shara with the help of around 200 vol­un­teers who came from all over Le­banon to par­tic­i­pate in the plant­ing cam­paign. GREAT, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Le­banon Re­for­esta­tion Ini­tia­tive (LRI) and the Save En­ergy Plant Trees NGO (SEPT), aims to re­store the green cover on re­li­gious en­dow­ment lands. On the site, which is made up of old ter­races, up to 5000 na­tive tree seedlings are to be planted in March 2015. The LRI, funded by USAID and im­ple­mented by the United States For­est Ser­vice has a full pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties through Le­banon to refor­est the coun­try, work­ing closely with grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tions and lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

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