Research Center for Environment and Development


About Us

Research Center for Environment and Development operates through a team of scholars and students from the various BAU entities and a network of national and international investigators and research institutions.Research Center for Environment and Development utilizes interdisciplinary approaches to develop, assess and monitor indicators and recommend management strategies of natural resources and means for sustainable development. Research Center for Environment and Development has a Managing Board formed from experts and consultants from BAU and responsible community members and presided by Prof. Amr Galal Adawi. The board provides advice, guidance and consultation. It grantees transparency, dissemination of findings and a linkage with different sectors of society and community. Research Center for Environment and Development is directed by Dr. Safaa Baydoun who is supported by Steering Committees.



RCED strives to play a leadership role sustainable development through ecosystem approach to protect environment, conserve biodiversity and improve community livelihood by sustainable use of ecosystem services.



The center with its multidisciplinary dimensions aims to stimulate high quality and creative endeavors to understand the various threats and challenges of ecosystems and natural resources and recommend appropriate management approaches. RCED focuses on fostering the participation and engagement of community members and gender equity through integrated research strategies that go beyond the scientific laboratory research framework to involve the environmental and socioeconomic aspects of sustainable development. This requires the coordination of social and natural science, applied integrated research and innovative community outreach and engagement approaches with active mutually beneficial partnerships both in and outside of BAU.

Objectives & Interests


  • Conduct applied research to protect and conserve natural resources towards sustainable use and community development.
  • Provide applied research internships for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Stimulate participation in national and international cooperation programs and interdisciplinary collaborative research networking
  • Establish community outreach programs and engagement activities
  • Establish capacity building activities
  • Enhance community environmental awareness


  • Water and soil quality assessment and monitoring
  • Flora biodiversity and conservation
  • Economic empowerment of women
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy
  • Environmental Awareness and educational programs

Structure & Partners

  • National and Kapodistrian University of the Athens - KEPA
  • Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute - LARI
  • Litani River Authority- LRA
  • Lebanese University – Faculty of Sciences & Faculty of Agriculture
  • National Council for Scientific Research/Lebanon CNRS –Remote sensing Center
  • Ministry of Social Affairs (Zahle- Rachayia)
  • International Water Management Institute (IWMI)-France
  • USAID/ Expand your Horizon & ACDI/VOCA Farmer to Farmer

Managing Board

The Managing Board provides an overall guidance to assure adherence of RCED to its strategy and priorities. It serves as a representative of consultants and responsible community members who provide advice, consultation and support. RCED Managing Board grantees transparency, dissemination of findings and a linkage with different sectors of society and community.



Projects & Publications


Macrophytic Community of Litani River and Qaraoun Lake

The project investigates the structure of aquatic macrophytes in Litani Rivers and Qaraoun Reservoir as most important water resources in Lebanon.

During the last decade, serious concern regarding the deteriorating quality of the water of the river and reservoir has greatly grown across the country. Macrophyte indices (metrics) have been utilised for water quality monitoring and assessment of the trophic status of water bodies.

Read More

Hermon Mountain: Biodiversity Assessment Towards a Valorization and Conservation Action Plan

Lebanon is part of the Mediterranean Basin biodiversity hot spot which is the largest of the world’s five Mediterranean-climate regions and the second largest hot spot in the world. Mount Hermon is a mountain cluster in the Anti-Lebanon mountain range, a key biodiversity area in the Mediterranean Basin hot spot. The overall objective of this project is to develop a deep understanding of the flora biodiversity of Mount Hermon and improve livelihood of its surrounding areas through sustainable use, conservation, appropriate management strategies and social development.

Read More

BAU Herbal Garden for Lebanese Medicinal and Aromatic Plants

Realizing the importance of biodiversity as one of the pillars of sustainable development and the immense services plants provide for human well-being, RCED in partnership with the Faculty of Pharmacy at BAU and Green Hand Organization in Lebanon have jointly established “RCED Herbal Garden” for the conservation of some native medicinal and aromatic plants of high ecological, economic and social importance. Occupying an area of 11,000 m2 of a fertile land of BAU campus in Bekaa, the garden displays a sensory delight of these spectacular plants. It offers a place of enjoyment and attraction not just for visitors but also for bees, butterflies, birds and other life forms foraging on the fragrant colorful flowers and scented foliage. In addition to conservation, the garden is dedicated to providing educational information and plant material to viable research and healthful herbal products.

Read More

Cultivation of Origanum syriacum & Salvia officinalis in Bekaa

Production and Quality Parameters of Lebanese Honey in Bekaa Region, Lebanon

The project aims at assessing the production & quality parameters of medicinal plants, particularly Origanum syriacum & Salvia officinalis cultivated at Research Center for Environment & Development, Beirut Arab University in Bekaa.

Read More


Journal of Ethnopharmacology

July 2015

Ethnopharmacological survey of medicinal plants used in traditional medicine by the communities of Mount Hermon, Lebanon

Read More

Flora Mediterranea

December 2015

A contribution to the flora and ethnobotanical knowledge of Mount Hermon, Lebanon

Read More


  • Taanayel, Bekaa Campus, Beirut Arab University.
  • +961 8 543 051