Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa
Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa – (APJM)
Jounieh, Le Portail bldg facing Fouad Chehab Stadium, 2nd floor, Suite 205
P.O. Box: 401 Jounieh, Lebanon
Facebook: Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve
Tel: +961 9 64 34 64
+961 71 94 44 05
The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa (APJM) is a non-governmental, not-for-profit
Organization, founded in 2007, with the aim to conserve the biodiversity and preserve the cultural heritage of
Jabal Moussa and its surrounding villages
Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve (JMBR) is a unique melting pot of biodiversity and history, located in
Kesrouan district, Lebanon. Jabal Moussa and surrounding villages became part of the UNESCO Network of
Biosphere Reserves under the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program in 2009.
As part of the MAB program, JMBR addresses human livelihoods improvement and nature conservation
through a participatory and adaptive management.
Although it is located in the midst of destructive human activities, JMBR remains pristine and rich in
biodiversity. Its slopes are covered with dense forests and woodlands of oak, pine, and hop-hornbeam with an
understory of several rare and endemic plant species. It was designated a Global Important Bird Area (IBA),
with more than 137 migratory and soaring bird species recorded. Rare and threatened mammals, such as
wolves, hyenas and rock hyraxes, still thrive in this protected environment.
Jabal Moussa portrays the interdependence of Man and Nature throughout history through various spiritual
and archeological sites: Adonis Valley as a death site of god Adonis according to Phoenician mythology; Roman
stairs along the Mountain’s Southern slope; rock carvings by the Roman Emperor Hadrian; ruins of an old
village isolated in the mountain; Mar Geryes Monastery; and a Cross at the mountain summit.
APJM activities and projects fall into one of the three categories below:
• Studies and scientific research projects
• Three local tree nurseries supplying seedlings for reforestation
• Degraded sites Rehabilitation
• “Tabsoun Tabsoun” environmental awareness kids book
• Flower and Tree Identification handbooks
• Packages for guided hikes inside the reserve
• Local guesthouses and Bed & Breakfast
• Production and marketing of “Jabal Moussa” food & handicraft products