With the help of a participatory and flexible-to-adapt program, and as an element of the ‘MAB’ program, advancement in the lifestyle and standard of living of the inhabitants and preservation of nature is addressed by the Jabal Moussa Biosphere Reserve. It is situated in the middle of excessive human activities with an aim to protect the environment, the natural heritage remains intact and is home for many endangered species of plants, animals and even birds.
Its slanted hills are coated with thick forests filled with numerous oak and pine trees making the environment very suitable and safe for scarce and endangered mammals like wolves, hyenas and rock hyraxes. Moreover, a Global Important Bird Area (IBA) containing more than 137 different species of migratory and high-reaching birds is allocated in the territory.Established in 2007, the Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa aspires towards preserving the biodiversity, maintaining and caring for the cultural heritage of Jabal Moussa and the neighboring suburbs. The ‘APJM’ is a non-Governmental and non-Profit organization that serves the Jabal Moussa Biosphere reserve (JMBR). There are several spiritual and archaeological sites in Jabal Moussa that have illustrated the interrelationship between the humans and nature. Some of these landmarks are:
The Association for the Protection of Jabal Moussa operates different activities and schemes which are grouped into three classifications.Preservation: