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New ac­tiv­i­ties in Kfarde­bian

Un­der the pa­tron­age of Min­is­ter Michel Pharaon, new win­ter and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties were launched in Kfarde­bian on Satur­day 7 Fe­bru­ary 2015, un­veil­ing new cross-coun­try ski­ing and snow­shoe­ing trails, de­signed and cre­ated through a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the USAID­funded LIVCD project, Au­berge Be­ity and Kfarde­bian Mu­nic­i­pal­ity. be­ity.org

Me­chan­i­cal Olive Oil Har­vest­ing

The Le­banon In­dus­try Value Chain Devel­op­ment (LIVCD) project, funded by USAID, or­ga­nized a closing work­shop of the Me­chan­i­cal Har­vest­ing Pro­gram within the Olive Oil Value Chain, which has im­proved olive oil pro­duc­tiv­ity and de­creased pro­duc­tion costs for 1,000 olive oil pro­duc­ers across Le­banon, along with cre­at­ing 73 jobs in ru­ral ar­eas.

Le­banon­va­lue chain

Beau­fort Cas­tle

The 10th Cen­tury cru­sader fortress, Beau­fort Cas­tle, in Na­batieh has com­pleted its restora­tion process and will soon be open to vis­i­tors. The re­sult of a five-year restora­tion project, that worked to main­tain its au­then­tic­ity, the cas­tle looks set to be­come one of the most im­por­tant touris­tic sites in South Le­banon.

Con­serv­ing mi­grat­ing birds

The world’s largest wildlife event, Bird­fair UK has an­nounced its 2015 fundrais­ing project “Hope for mi­gra­tory birds in the Eastern Mediter­ranean: ac­tion against il­le­gal killing.” This year, the fo­cus of their project will be on re­duc­ing the scale and im­pact of il­le­gal killing of mi­gra­tory birds, for which Le­banon and Egypt were high­lighted as the worst in the re­gion. Bird­fair co-or­ga­nizer, Tim Ap­ple­ton said, “I am de­lighted that through Bird­fair we can high­light the ma­jor is­sues for mi­grat­ing birds in this re­gion of the Eastern Mediter­ranean. bird­fair.org.uk

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