4th of March 2015 MedScapes Project gets trained for implementing a participatory process of land management with the involvement of local communities

 Representatives of the eight organizations (four universities and four NGOs) involved in the MedScapes project attended a training workshop on 24th-26th of February in the city of Byblos in Lebanon, where they were trained in applying a method of participatory management of high natural value with the participation of local communities.

The MedScapes project hopes to implement pioneering landscape management methods, involving local communities and their residents in the sustainable management and protection of these landscapes. For this purpose, representatives of the eight organizations participating in the project attended a workshop last week in Lebanon, where they received training on the traditional landscape management methods used by the organization Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL - Project Partner of the MedScapes Project).

Hima means protected area in Arabic; it is a community based approach used for the conservation of sites, species, habitats, and people in order to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources. It originated from more than 1,500 years ago where it was spread along the Arab Peninsula as a “tribal” system of sustainable management of natural resources.