Identifying biodiversity-related success factors of ecological restoration projects
Mount Lebanon, Lebanon
The project focuses on determining biodiversity-related success factors of ecological restoration projects in a biodiversity hotspot of Lebanon, Mount Lebanon. It will consider the role of wildlife in ecological restoration processes, by studying what different animals disperse, in relation to different plant species over different time frames. Diverse plants that can sustain wildlife year round will be identified to promote the sustainability of the restored ecosystem and its natural regeneration. Given its novel character in associating different concerned biodiversity partners, this study will constitute a cornerstone to all subsequent reforestation actions in Lebanon and in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Progress and next steps
St. Joseph University will implement the Project over two years (May 2017-May 2019), through the following activities:
Selection of appropriate genetic resources to be used for reforestation;
Evaluation of the effect of fencing on biodiversity from the restored site;
Evaluation of the effect of animal wildlife on the long-term sustainability of the restored site; and
Promotion of key results in roundtable discussions among different national focal points, and at relevant international meetings, showcasing results and exchanging insights for areas facing similar challenges.
This project is carried out by Saint Joseph University in Beirut.