Projects

   
Territorial Approach and Community Mobilization - natural park

Setting the path towards a Natural Park

 
 
 

Description

Since 2004, Mada has been setting the path toward the establishment of a Natural Park in North Lebanon in the area of Akkar-Dunniyeh. The mountainous area hosts the largest continuous vegetation cover in the country gathering diverse forest types of the hills of the northern part of Western Lebanon Mountain Range. The villages have unfavorable living conditions, and their populations endure very poor standards of living. The region is acknowledged as one of high importance in terms of its biological, cultural, and aesthetic values. It was classified by the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) as a unique Natural Park among seven parks ‘to be', six of which are intended as regional.

In 2006, Mada launched a set of activities over a pilot area of 220 km2 covering biodiversity assessment and socio-economic and ecotourism projects. The building-up of a database which includes biological, social, and economic aspects aims at developing management guidelines for the Natural Park which will contribute to the promotion of socio-economic development and the conservation of natural resources. It will also favor and strengthen the application of environmental management principles.

Mada has been working since 1999 on several development projects by the integration of responsible tourism as an alternative socio-economic activity for the communities of Akkar, Hermel and Donniyeh as a target for keeping people in their communities while generating income and preserving their heritage. MADA is now supporting different community based eco-lodges in a variety of ways:


  • Small financial support for some lodges
  • Marketing support (web site, brochures, posters)
  • Capacity building
  • Support in network building

Mada has been working since 1999 on several development projects for the integration of responsible tourism as an alternative socio-economic activity for the communities of Akkar, Hermel and Dunniyeh as a target for keeping people in their communities while generating income and preserving their heritage.
MADA is now supporting different community-based eco-lodges in a variety of ways:

  • Small financial support for some lodges
  • Marketing support (websites, brochures, posters)
  • Capacity building
  • Support in networking

Since 2007, Mada has been a member of a Mediterranean network for responsible and solidarity tourism regrouping several countries including France, Morocco, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon (view network charter). This network allows its members to share and exchange information's, tourists and training workshops. Today Mada is the Middle East network coordinator.

   


 

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