The U.S Ambassador Inaugurated Lebanon’s Hinterland Archaeological Project In Jabal Moussa

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On Monday, the U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Dorothy Shea, participated in the inauguration of the Hinterland Archaeological Heritage Project in Jabal Moussa.

Funded by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), the project builds on work since 2019 in partnership with the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM).

It aims to conserve, study, and showcase the archaeological heritage of Jabal Moussa “while connecting archaeological sites of the biosphere reserve with one another.”

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.

US Embassy in Lebanon

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.”

Related: 15 Amazing Facts You Must Know About Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve.

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