With unparalleled green expanses and a history stretching as far back as the earliest of human activity, the country is littered with natural treasures. Sadly, on the 14th of October 2019, pictures circulated on social media of sky-high smoke rising in Lebanon, aided by strong winds and unusually high temperatures, the nationwide fires have been described as the worst in decades. To protect Lebanon's nature, forests and nearby residents, URDA is willing to launch an afforestation campaign.
The civil defense office reported 104 fires which broke out over the past hours. Lebanon had lost 3 million trees in 2019 from fires, equivalent to all trees planted in reforestation over the past years. That figure equated about 1,300 hectares lost this year and 1,200 hectares in just the last 3 days, so the country had now lost double the yearly average. The fires have left charred trees and overpowered fire brigades, prompting appeals to neighboring states to send aircraft to bolster efforts.
1. Damaged site preparation will prepare the soil to receive seeds. 2. Maintain the ecological balance, it is important to plant at least the same number of plants that were destroyed for human benefits, so we suggest to plant 1000 pine trees. 3. Water pumps and water network for tree irrigation. 4. Water tanks will allow trees and plants to grow and thrive.
1. The transpiration process, trees will release some of the water they absorb as water vapor through leaves. 2. Maintaining the water cycle: Forests will maintain the water cycle of the area by absorbing moisture through the leaves and roots. 3. Forests provide employment to local people who gather forest products and turn them into handicrafts. A global cottage industry with no pollution. 4. Oxygen-Carbon dioxide balance: Less carbon dioxide means less pollution and less global warming.