In a generous move to support Lebanon in preserving its natural environment, Japan granted the Lebanese Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) $63,402 through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Program.
This grant came in support of the APJM’s efforts to preserve the wildlife and magnificent nature and rich sites of the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, which is part of the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves as of 2009.
The association was provided with firefighting equipment and training programs, aiming at enhancing the firefighting capability to ensure a safer living environment for at least 28,000 residents of the surrounding villages: Yahchouch, Qehmez, Jouret El-Thermos, Nahr El-Dahab, Ghbale, Aabri, and Chouwen.
The equipment included fire extinguishers, water valves, pipes, fuel breaks, and a water supply network. The installation has been finalized, securing the villages with a fire suppression system, a project that is now completed.
Jabal Moussa is one of Lebanon’s main natural treasures, a mesmerizing area that is also rich in cultural and historical ancient sites, including Roman stairs, an Ottoman settlement, an olive press, a Byzantine Church, and many more interesting sites.