Thanks to private donations and to the motivation and commitment of Jouzour Loubnan multidisciplinary team, in summary, we have planted in various regions of Lebanon including Kfardebiane, Chabrouh, Ehden, Bcharreh, Jaj, Ehmej, Harf Shlifa/Btedhi, Zaarour, Damour, Jezzine, Ebel Saki, Aynata, Sarada a total of 300,000 trees.
The species of the native trees planted vary in accordance to the nature of the land and soil we are planting in, to preserve its ecosystem and enhance its biodiversity. Some of the trees planted are Lebanese Cedars, Junipers, Pine, Carob, Wild Almond, Oak, Wild Prune, Walnut, Chestnut trees, and many more native Lebanese trees. They were sourced at nurseries in various regions contributing in their economic development. Our insistence on planting a variety of native trees on each site in order to increase the resilience of the rehabilitated ecosystem through biodiversity has led key public and private stakeholders to take this approach and include it in their specifications for forestation campaigns.
Based on that methodology, the survival rate of the trees planted has been over 90% so far; a significant part of the minor loss was due to human activity such as irresponsible ski-doo, ATV, etc.
Last but not least, we are successfully operating the Laboratory for Seed Germination and Conservation at Saint Joseph University - Faculty of sciences which had been financed by Jouzour Loubnan; more than 26 million seeds for 300 different taxa with around 700 accessions for native species are stocked and conserved out of which 50 species have their germination protocol defined after many experiments and efforts.