Trees for Lebanon
Trees for Lebanon is a sustainability focused cash-for-work program that produced and planted over 300, 000 seedballs between August 2021 and 2023. Amongst the multiple crises Lebanon is suffering, environmental destruction has only continued. Since the 1960s Lebanon has lost more than 32 percent of its forest cover as a consequence of urbanisation, forest fires and deforestation – partly due to trees being used as a replacement fuel for cooking and heating.
Trees for Lebanon is a multi-approach program that responded to both environmentally and socio-economic needs. Over 40 Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian benefited financially from the production of over 300, 000 seedballs (native seeds rolled in clay). In 2022 and 2023 these seedballs were distributed in sites identified and maintained by the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative.
Trees for Lebanon is supported by the IKI Small Grants programme, part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). IKI Small Grants is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the Federal Foreign Office (AA) and carried out by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.