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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.


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.



IMPACT OF AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES ON WATER AND SOIL RESOURCES IN CENTRAL BEKAA
Water in Lebanon  is facing steadily increasing challenges. Numerous reports show alarming deterioration in the quality of this resource and a gradual decrease in its  per capita availability. This has been attributed to the growing water demands, lack of efficient management and development strategies, and extensive human practices. Agricultural, in particular,  is claimed to be the major consumer of water in the country. Additionally, improper agricultural practices ranging from water overexploitation,  misuse or overuse of fertilizers and pesticides, as well as haphazard disposal of farm wastes, are among the major factors  adversely impacting water resources and thus the development of agriculture itself.



BOTANICAL GARDEN FOR MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS
RCED realizes that  plant biodiversity conservation is crucial to the environment and human livelihoods. It also recognizes the  national concern for the development of farming community in Bekaa. The Foundation of the garden has been a result of the ambitions partnership of RCED, Faculty of Pharmacy and Green Hand. 

An area of 9,000 m2 of a fertile land of  BAU premises in Central  Bekaa allocated to the garden is gradually cultivated with endemic, threatened and commercially important medicinal plants from different agro-climatic zones of  Lebanon and the region. The garden will allow efficient  propagation and sustainable supply of raw material to the farming community, industries and  viable research  and enterprises. 

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PROMOTION OF MEDICINAL AND AROMATIC PLANTS CULTIVATION IN BEKAA (Origanum syriacum & Salvia  officinalis ) View Report


PRODUCTION AND QUALITY PARAMETERS OF MEDICINAL PLANTS HONEY IN BEKAA REGION, LEBANON 
The project aims at assessing the production & quality parameters of medicinal plants, particularly Origanum syriacum & Salvia fruticosa cultivated at Research Center for Environment & Development, Beirut Arab University in Bekaa. View Report



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