Women of the wild
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.