Pro­tect­ing the LMT

The Le­banon Moun­tain Trail As­so­ci­a­tion (LMTA) has spent the past decade work­ing re­lent­lessly on de­vel­op­ing, pro­mot­ing and pro­tect­ing the Le­banon Moun­tain Trail (LMT).

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Re­spon­si­ble tourism with the LMTA

To­day, the trail at­tracts around 30,000 trav­el­ers per year. In­ter­na­tional trav­el­ers as well as the Le­banese di­as­pora are drawn to liv­ing the unique com­mu­nity-based ex­pe­ri­ence, the thou­sands of years of his­tory, the di­ver­sity of the ter­rain and the breath­tak­ing land­scapes and na­ture re­serves.

While the as­so­ci­a­tion’s recog­ni­tion is world­wide (it is a mem­ber of the World Trail Net­work and has es­tab­lished friend­ship trails in Canada and South Korea), its pri­or­ity re­mains to em­power lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to pro­mote and pro­tect their lo­cal her­itage. Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, youth, lo­cal guides, lo­cal clubs, ser­vice providers,

part­ners from civic so­ci­ety, na­ture re­serves and the pub­lic sec­tor are all be­ing en­gaged, on dif­fer­ent lev­els, in the as­so­ci­a­tion’s var­i­ous ini­tia­tives.

To­day, only 20 per­cent of the LMT is pro­tected. The re­main­der of the trail is threat­ened by the un­planned and un­sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of Le­banon’s moun­tains and by a lack of law en­force­ment. This is why the LMTA re­cently launched “Hike it. Pro­tect it.” - a cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the need for new laws to pro­tect the trail and the moun­tains as well as a sus­tain­able ba­sis for their de­vel­op­ment.

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