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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.


Natural heritage:

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.


Cultural heritage:

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

Socio-Economic development:

Production and marketing of “Jabal Moussa” food & handicraft products

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