Eco-tourism started in 1997, with the annual trips to Arsal, the last agro-pastoral village in North East Lebanon. The trips were to strengthen the relationship with the local community and the Association for Rural Development in Arsal (ARDA), a key environmental and developmental NGO and a partner in the Reforestation Network, to introduce Green Liners and friends to Arsal, with its unique natural and cultural heritage, and provide ARDA with an income generating activity. For the past couple of years, the country witnessed a spread in “eco-tourism activities and providers” raising the need to organize this sector, coordinate between the providers and perhaps introduce some sort of certification to differentiate between the provided services. In 2000, Green Line’s executive committee decided to develop an eco-tourism project. For this, programs were initiated with municipalities (Taraya, Mtein, Deir Mimas), youth groups (Bourj Al Moulouk) and NGO’s (ARDA –Association Rural Development for Arsal, Byblos Ecologia). The program was a combination of agro-tourism, (Bee keeping, olive oil production, cherry and apricot processing), and eco- tourism (Horsh Ehden, Barouk cedars, Kammou’a, Kannoubine and Nahr Ibrahim Valleys.
The aim of this project is to highlight and publicize the concept of eco-tourism as a method of natural resources conservation and a source of income for the local communities. This should be combined with the coordination between eco-tourism providers, municipalities, governmental bodies, and NGOs to establish at a network for sustainable tourism. ACHIEVEMENTS: The committee was active between 2002 and 2004 in the following: • The assessment and the development of an eco-touristic (ET) site in Mtein • Build a team of expert in eco-tourism at Green Line Produce posters and brochures: Recommendation for Responsible Eco-Tourism (English and French), Date with Nature (Booklet for children) • Secure financing sources as an income and support
The Committee organized a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for teachers, administrative staffs and parents from 30 new schools on February 20-22, 2004 . The attendees (60 persons) were trained, by committee members, on the School Nutrition concept and were encouraged to initiate such a program in their schools. In addition, educational materials including a booklet (Little Green Eating Healthy) and a poster (food pyramid) were distributed to the attendance.
• Maowaad Maa El Tabiaa – A Date with nature (Children Booklet) – download pdf:
• Recommendations for Responsible Eco-tourism (Brochures) - download pdf files:
The Trade and Agriculture Campaign comes in continuity with the promotion of sustainable agriculture undertaken by the Green Line Association since its beginnings. The awareness campaign on the impact of trade agreements on agriculture and food sovereignty was initiated in result of the “Civil Society Workshop on Addressing the Impacts of Free Trade Agreements and GMOs on Food Sovereignty and Agriculture in West and Central Asia and North Africa ” which was organized by Green Line in December 2004. Farmers were the major targeted group of this awareness campaign, as it is essential that they have a better understanding of the impact of trade agreements on their livelihoods and form a nucleus that may lobby against such agreements.
* Raise awareness among the society on the impact of trade agreements on agriculture and food sovereignty and contribute to the formation of a lobby group. * Push for laws that prevent the import of genetically modified organisms ‘fit’ or meant for human and animal consumption * Push for laws that protect our natural resources and indigenous species from appropriation or genetic contamination
* Five awareness seminars on the impacts of free trade agreements and GMOs in different areas of Lebanon . Target groups consisted of farmers, NGOs, and students in agricultural schools and universities. ( Khiam Seminar – 2005) * Awareness material on the impact of free trade agreements and GMOs on agriculture and food sovereignty in Arabic. * Newspaper articles and press releases on the impacts of free trade agreements and GMOs on the Lebanese agriculture and farmers. * A knowledge base among farmers. FUTURE PLANS : * Undertake a scientific study to assess the presence of genetically modified crops in local markets * Network and collaborate with major farmer groups, NGOs, and institutions working on the issue of trade and GMOs in order to consolidate a lobby group * Pursue the awareness seminars in order to reach and hopefully mobilize more local groups and individuals * Further develop the media campaign
* Awareness leaflet: Impacts of Free Trade Agreement and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on Agriculture and Food Sovereignty -in Arabic – pdf file:
* Fact sheet: Greater Arab Free Trade Agreement (GAFTA) – in Arabic
* Fact sheet: Terminator Seeds – in Arabic
* Fact sheet: Organic Farming – in Arabic – pdf file:
* Fact sheet: WTO, Farmers and Food Sovereignty – in Arabic
* Fact sheet: Fair Trade – in Arabic
* Fact sheet: WTO and GMOs – in Arabic