Empowering communities to restore abandoned quarries.
The Lebanon Reforestation Initiative is broadening its scope of work in restoration of damaged
lands by working on the restoration of abandoned quarries. The negative impacts of quarrying on
the environment and the surrounding community can be alleviated through mitigation efforts
including restoration of the abandoned quarries and socio-economic support for local communities.
LRI will be working with a team of specialized experts to identity at least 3 abandoned quarries
within the social and environmental corridors, develop restoration protocols and implement
restoration activities while involving and training selected communities. Given the high
visibility of degraded quarries, and the significantly negative perceptions of local communities,
restoring them presents an opportunity for community engagement, empowerment, and local
development. The selected communities will be brought together to discuss concerns, needs, and
ultimately chart the course for the restoration of the abandoned quarry, with the objective of
encouraging local citizens to return to the long-avoided areas and to alter the negative
impression previous quarrying activities left in their communities.
LRI CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF QUARRIES FOR RESTORATION
Preferably located on one of the three biocorridors (North, West Beqaa and Chouf)
Quarry should be located on a public land with no current or ongoing quarrying contract (abandoned)
At least part of the quarry should be plantable
Highly limited natural regeneration – no regeneration of native tree species
Quarry’s current status presenting a risk on neighboring social or economic assets
Interested/active local community
Financially feasible (restoration not over expensive)
Developing, implementing and monitoring restoration plans for abandoned quarries;
Empowering local communities while building their capacities in land restoration; and
Ensuring sustainability of the activities by disseminating acquired knowledge to neighboring communities and other concerned stakeholders.
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