National forest assessments - country projects
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Overview - Lebanon
The first National Forest and Tree Assessment based on systematic sampling in Lebanon was implemented by the Directorate of Rural Development and Natural Resources (DRDNR) of the Ministry of Agriculture as a project (TCP/LEB/2903) during 2003 - 2005 under the Technical Cooperation Programme of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Timely, easily available and accurate information on Forest and Trees Outside the Forest (TOF) resources and their utilization is a precondition for sustainable management of these resources based on an environmentally, socially and economically balanced forest policy. Prior to TCP/LEB/2903 the extent and quality of information on the forest and TOF resource of Lebanon was perceived inadequate to monitor and counteract resources depletion and environmental degradation and to support national policy decisions and the work on developing a National Forest Action Plan.
The Government of Lebanon therefore requested the technical assistance of FAO under the Technical Cooperation Programme to assist the Ministry of Agriculture to develop capabilities to survey the country’s resources to monitor trends and changes, to describe their nature and localities and to advise on protective measures where required for resources at risk.
The National Forest and Tree Assessment (NFA) was undertaken by the DRDNR and was implemented in the field by the Rural Development Service (RDS), in collaboration with the Forestry Department of FAO.