During the inauguration, Ambassador Shea stated that Jabal Moussa is “one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Lebanon”, adding that the biosphere components highlight the beautiful natural heritage location.
She stated that the USAID has invested $24 million since 2010, to increase Lebanon’s forest by 2,500 hectares of land.
“USAID also used its assistance to raise awareness in forest conservation and management by engaging 120 communities and 7,000 people in sustainable natural resources management and biodiversity conservation across Lebanon,” she shared.
She pointed out that this effort is reflected in the Lebanese economy and the locals since it helps create around 4000 seasonal jobs.
The American Ambassador reiterated her country’s commitment with these words: “In a time with so much uncertainty and challenges, the United States stays committed to supporting the Lebanese government and people, promoting democracy, economic development, humanitarian assistance, and cultural preservation.”