As part of National Nature Reserves Day, Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati opens wide the doors of Lebanon Natures Reserves to the public, free of charge, on Sunday 10th of March.
"Our reserves will be open to the Lebanese people to benefit from, visit and discover the beauty of Lebanon," he announced in a meeting with The Nature Reserve Committees in Lebanon. "This is Lebanon we aim for and want the world to see."
He added, "Lebanon is famous for its Eco-tourism sector, so we hope to coordinate with the friend and Minister of Tourism Avidis Kedanian in order to promote Lebanon to the world"
Mr. Jreissati ascertained that "The reserves belong to the Lebanese people and the future generations, and it's our duty to protect them, and we aim to change them to become even better."
"Sunday 10th of March is a national wedding for the environment and our reserves and the entry will be free to all the reserves, so benefit from this day."
This Sunday, you should never miss the chance to visit some of Lebanon's 14 natural reserves, these reserves form 3% of Lebanon's area.
These natural reserves are:
#1 Ehden Forest Natural Reserve
#2 Nakheel (Palm) Islands natural reserve
#3 Cedars of Tannourine Forest natural reserve
#4 Shnaneer Natural Reserve
#5 Bentael Natural Reserve
#6 Al Yammouna Natural Reserve
#7 Arz El Shouf Natural Reserve
#8 Tyre Coast Natural Reserve
#9 Houjeir Valley Natural Reserve
#10 Karem Shobat Natural Reserve
#11 Ramiyah Natural Reserve
#12 Kafra Natural Reserve
#13 Beit Leef Natural Reserve
#14 Dibil Natural Reserve
The 14 natural reserves managed by the Ministry of Environment are rich with 370 different kinds of birds and 200 types of plants and wildflowers.
As well as 30 species of mammals like wolf, hyena, wildcat, porcupine, and squirrel.