Association For The Protection Of Jabal Moussa

Last modified: 
13/02/2018 - 1:56pm

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit

Organization, founded in 2007, with the aim to conserve the biodiversity and preserve the cultural heritage of Jabal Moussa and its surrounding villages

 

Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is a unique mix of biodiversity and history, located in Kesrouan district, Lebanon. Jabal Moussa and surrounding villages became part of the UNESCO Network of Biosphere Reserves under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program in 2009.

As part of the MAB program, JMBR addresses human livelihood improvements and nature conservation through a participatory and adaptive management.

 

Natural heritage:

Although it is located in the midst of intense human activities, JMBR remains pristine and rich in biodiversity. Its slopes are covered with dense forests and woodlands of oak, pine, and hop-hornbeam with an understory of several rare and endemic plant species. It was designated a Global Important Bird Area (IBA), with more than 137 migratory and soaring bird species recorded. Rare and threatened mammals, such as wolves, hyenas and rock hyraxes, still thrive in this protected environment.

 

Cultural heritage:

Jabal Moussa portrays the interdependence of Man and Nature throughout history through various spiritual and archeological sites: Mystic Adonis Valley as a death site of god Adonis according to Phoenician mythology; Roman stairs along the Mountain's Southern slope; rock carvings by the Roman Emperor Hadrian; ruins of an old village isolated in the mountain; Mar Geryes Monastery; and a Cross at the mountain summit.

 

Programs:

APJM activities and projects fall into one of the three categories below:

Conservation:

  • Studies and scientific research projects
  • Three local tree nurseries supplying seedlings for reforestation
  • Degraded sites Rehabilitation
  • “Tabsoun Tabsoun” environmental awareness kids book
  • Flower and Tree Identification handbooks

Socio-Economic development:

  • Production and marketing of “Jabal Moussa” food & handicraft products

Ecotourism:

  • Packages for guided hikes inside the reserve
  • Local guesthouses and Bed & Breakfast
Acronym: 
APJM
Organisation Type: 
Local Civil Society Organisation
Founding Year: 
2007
Country of Origin: 
LB
Intervention Sector(s): 
Development
Environment
Contact person's position: 
Communication and Ecotourism Manager
Contact person's email: 
Contact person's phone number: 
+96171944405
Address: 
Jounieh, Main Street
Jounieh
Lebanon
Phone: +9619643464
Fax: +9619643464
LB
City: 
Jounieh
Street: 
Jounieh, Main Street
Phone: 
+9619643464
Website: 
Email: 
info@jabalmoussa.org
Fax: 
+9619643464
Contact person's name: 
Christelle Abou Chabke
Partnerships: 
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Jobs

The Biodiversity Coordinator is included in APJM’s work division Conservation Program. The position involves close cooperation with APJM staff and management to carry out the main responsibilities in the area of Biodiversity Conservation. Details below.

Friday, 13 July 2018
Expired

The Forestry Coordinator is included in the APJM's work division Conservation Program, and therefore cooperating closely with the person in the position of the Conservation Manager to whom he/she reports. The Forestry Coordinator position involves close cooperation with APJM staff and management to carry out the main responsibilities in the area of Biodiversity Conservation.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Expired

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