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APJM 2nd Fundraising Gala Dinner- 24 September 2014


Join us for the 2nd Fundraising Gala Dinner of the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Casino du Liban- Salle des Ambassadeurs, starring the National Conservatory Big Band and the great Charbel Rouhanna. 

Don't miss it ! 





Jabal Moussa
 @ Jounieh Spring Festival- 20, 21, 22 and 23 March 2014

Visit APJM's Stand at "Jounieh, Le Temps des Fleurs" Exhibition from Thursday, March 21st till Saturday March 23rd from 10:00 am till 9:00pm near the Municipality building.
"Jabal Moussa" Food, Handicraft products and publications will be displayed and sold.
 

APJM 1st Fundraising Gala Dinner- 10 September 2013

Join us for the 1st Fundraising Gala Dinner of the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) held under the patronage of the Governor of the Central Bank H.E. Mr. Riad Salameh, on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Casino du Liban- Salle des Ambassadeurs. 
Don't miss it ! 


         

Jabal Moussa @ Jounieh on Bike Event- 23 June 2013

Meet us in the Old Souk of Jounieh on Sunday June 23rd, 2013 from 9:00am till 5:00pm and have the opportunity to visit APJM's STAND and discover Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve.
Our Mouneh, Handicraft products and publications will be showcased and Tabsoun will be waiting for you from 2:00pm till 4:00pm.
Nature lovers, cyclers, skateboarders and rollers are invited to take part in the ride along the coastal area of Jounieh.


Jabal Moussa @ Jounieh Spring Festival- 21, 22 and 23 March 2013

APJM participated in the "Jounieh Spring Festival" from Thursday, March 21st till Saturday March 23rd, an exhibition that took place near the Municipality building.
"Jabal Moussa" Food and Handicraft products, publications and seedlings were displayed and sold.

          

          


Christmas Kids festivity - Yahchouch - 27 December 2012

APJM organized a Christmas festivity in Yahchouch village gathering around 200 children from the villages surrounding Jabal Moussa. Tabsoun Jabal Moussa and "Kazadoo" were the stars of the show and the book of "Tabsoun Tabsoun" was distributed to all the attendees at the end of  the day.

          

          


IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefevre's Visit to Jabal Moussa- 29 November 2012

During her visit to Lebanon, IUCN Director General Ms. Julia Marton Lefevre visited Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve on the 29th of of November 2012 in the presence of IUCN Regional Director for MED Mr. Antonio Troya, General Manager of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve Mr. Nizar Hani and APJM President and team members.
Passing by Nahr Ibrahim river, they explored Chouwan village, passed by Yahchouch native tree nursery, stopped by the equipped food production unit in Ghbeleh and met with some of the local women, dropped by the "Dimitriades" Bed and Breakfast Guest House in Ghbeleh and finally visited the Mchati reserve entrance and the Mchati native tree nursery. 


         

         

          

Launch of the Lebanon National Programme- IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature)- 29 November 2012

On Thursday the 29th of November 2012, the Lebanon National Committee for IUCN hosted a ceremony marking the official launch of the Lebanon National Programme- IUCN; this ceremony was chaired by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre.

APJM being a member of the IUCN Lebanon National Committee, APJM's President Pierre Doumet had the opportunity to highlight some of Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve's features and latest achievements. 

          


AFED Conference- 29-30 November 2012 

The Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) held its 5th annual conference about "the Ecological Footprint of Arab countries and the options for sustainability" at Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel on the 29th and 30th of November, 2012, bringing together 500 delegates from different countries, representing governments, corporations, international and regional organizations, academia, research institutions and NGOs. 

APJM participated in this conference as Member of AFED and it's President Mr. Pierre Doumet had an important intervention about the role of business in reducing ecological footrprint.
Also, IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre gave a keynote speech at the opening session of the conference, promoting nature-based solutions for sustainable economic and social development in the Middle East / Gulf region.

          


Jabal Moussa @ Tawlet Souk el Tayeb- Mar Mkhael Nahr Beirut- 28 November 2012

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa organized a lunch at Tawlet Souk el Tayeb- Mar Mkhael Nahr Beirut on Thursday November 28th, 2012 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Mouneh, Handicraft products and publications were showcased and these products are still available at Tawlet for purchase.

 


Ms. Julia Marton-Lefevre, IUCN Director General, and Ms. Giuditta Andreaos joined APJM team at Tawlet and they had the opportunity to try the traditional lunch prepared by Ms. Therese Khalil and Ms. Badr Keyrouz from the village of Yahchouch.

          


Study Tour at the Shouf Biosphere Reserve- 31 October 2012

APJM team visited the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR) on the 31st of October 2012.
The Shouf Reserve team accompanied us all along the journey, sharing passionately their experience and knowledge.
Thank you SBR team for this great day!

          


Jabal Moussa @ Tawlet Souk el Tayyeb Mar Mkhael- 18 October 2012

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa organized a lunch at Tawlet Souk el Tayeb- Mar Mkhael Nahr Beirut on Thursday October 18th, 2012 between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm.
A Traditional lunch was prepared by two great ladies from Yahchouch village: Ms. Therese Khalil and Ms. Badr Keyrouz and during which the invitees and restaurant customers had the opportunity to discover Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve and meet APJM's team.

         
Mouneh, Handicraft products and publications were showcased and these products are still available at Tawlet for purchase.

 
Visit of Nicolas Hulot to Lebanon- 24 and 25 September 2012


Nicolas Hulot, the famous journalist-reporter and founder and president of the Fondation Nicolas-Hulot, visited Lebanon on September 24 and 25 as part of "Rencontres de la Résidence des pins", organized by the French Institute of Lebanon.

 During his stay, Nicolas Hulot was invited by Terre Liban to the Baabda forest, guest of honor in a debate under the theme "Education and Environment in Lebanon" and during which the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa had the opportunity to present its work and achievements in the presence of Mr. Hulot, several local organizations and schools with a special focus on "Tabsoun Tabsoun" kids book.


Jabal Moussa at the "Jabalna" event in Maaser el Shouf- 23 September 2012

APJM had a stand at the "Jabalna" event organized by the Shouf Reserve Association in Maaser el Shouf on the 23rd of September 2012. 
"Jabal Moussa" food, handicraft products and publications were exposed and sold. 


           


Launching of "Jabal Moussa" Handicraft and Food Products brand- 12 August 2012 

On August 12th 2012, the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) organized the launching of the Jabal Moussa handicraft and food products, developed under the MEPI funded project “Supporting Small Initiatives of Traditional Food Production and Handicraft in Rural Areas” of Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve, at a ceremony held at St Sarkis and Bakhos church square in Ghbeleh, Ftouh-Kesserwan. The Jabal Moussa handicraft and food products program benefited 37 women by enhancing their role through a home entrepreneurial initiative launched by APJM in an attempt to provide an adapted marketing channel that leverages ecotourism in the region.

          

Local ingredients are used to prepare "Jabal Moussa” branded products in a newly equipped state-of-the-art food production unit located at the Immaculate Conception School in Ghbeleh.

These women now have the opportunity to sell their “Jabal Moussa” branded handicraft and traditional food products at the Biosphere Reserve entrance in Mchati as first point of sales; these products will also eventually be brought to the wider Lebanese market very soon.


Schools Animation- Tabsoun- June and December 2012

Tabsoun Jabal Moussa is the star of several animation events organized in several private and public schools.

        

        

                             


Garden Show & Spring Festival 2011 Exhibition- 29 May 2012 till 2 June 2012 

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa participated actively at the Garden Show & Spring Festival 2012 from May 29th till June 2, 2012 from 4:00 till 10:00 pm.
More than 1000 persons visited its stand and the work and achievements of the Association were clearly showcased.


APJM team with Mr. Heath Cosgrove from USAID

Garden Show & Spring Festival 2011 Exhibition- 24 May 2011 till 28 May 2011

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) participated actively at the Garden Show & Spring Festival 2011 that took place at Beirut Hippodrome from May 24 till May 28, 2011 from 4:00 to 10:00 pm under the title of : "Jabal Moussa: a Living Forest" .      

APJM’s stand was located in the “Authentic Lebanon” section and highlighted some of Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve’s features and new findings.
- All this under the Small Grant Program by UNDP -


Inauguration of Jabal Moussa as the newest Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon- October 2011

On October 23 2010, the inauguration of Jabal Moussa as the newest Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon took place in the village of Mshete with the full support of the Italian Development Cooperation/ Embassy of Italy in Lebanon and UNESCO office. 
This event crowned the completion of the establishment of the ecotourism infrastructure in the reserve. The guests had a chance to witness this by walking on the newly developed trails, following the new signals and panels which assure a safe and pleasant trip. The hikes were followed by a gathering in the church of the village for a series of presentations about the Biosphere reserve and the ecotourism project and finally a traditional lunch in one of the local houses.
 
Launching of the PEBCO Project funded by the Italian Cooperation- 20 October 2009

The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM), with the support of the Development Cooperation Office of the Italian Embassy of Beirut, and in the framework of ROSS Emergency Programme, will launch, on Friday October 23rd 2009, the project “Promoting Ecotourism for Biodiversity Conservation in Jabal Moussa”, in the presence of the Ambassador of Italy, Gabriele Checchia.
 






The one-year project aims at:
1- Promoting the biological, cultural and historical values of the area, thus conserving it from uncontrolled human activities;
2- Establishing basic infrastructure and institutional system to promote ecotourism and recreational activities based on a long-term ecotourism strategy.


This initiative will witness the development and implementation of a wide-range of activities, including (1) an ecotourism strategy for Jabal Moussa area, which shall propose ecotourism packages (2) a traditional rehabilitation of ruins of two typical Lebanese houses, a small farmer house and an underground water cistern, (3) a socioeconomic survey leading to identifying financial assistance opportunities for small projects benefiting local inhabitants of the seven villages surrounding Jabal Moussa, as part of promoting local income generation. 
This survey is being carried out by a team of teachers and students from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology-St Joseph University, under the supervision of Dr. Roula Abi Habib Khoury, Head of Department.Located between Nahr El Dahab (Kesrouan) and Nahr Ibrahim(Jbeil).   


Jabal Moussa is a site extending over 1250 ha and altitudes ranging from 500 to 1500 meters. The reserve, declared a “Global Important Bird Area” earlier this year, lies along the regional migratory birds flyway where massive migration occurs on its territories.  It hosts at least 83 bird species, of which 7 are regionally and globally threatened. Mammals of Jabal Moussa include species that are wholly or partially limited to the Middle East region. The flora of the Jabal Moussa Mountain is rich in endemic (native) species with high genetic and economic values.
The mountain’s natural and physical landscapes are imprinted with historical records. In October 2008, APJM succeeded to get a Ministerial Decision (Ministry of Agriculture) for the declaration of the site as a Protected Forest. In February 2009, the site was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
 
ROSS Emergency Programme is an initiative funded by the Italian Government since 2006. The main objective of its third phase in Lebanon is to contribute towards rehabilitation and reinforcement of basic services aiming at upgrading the living socioeconomic conditions through a process of local development in general and emphasizing on promoting environment conservation and gender equality.APJM is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization that was established in May 2007 for the conservation of biodiversity and cultural heritage in the Jabal Moussa area. The Association promotes local socio-economic development through eco-tourism, and other sustainable development initiatives serving the surrounding villages.