The largest of Lebanon nature reserves, Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes the reserve's most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Al-Shouf , Barouk and Ain Zhalta - Bmohary in addition to Fakhreddine fortress in Niha . From the summit of the rugged mountains, visitors will have a panoramic view of the countryside, eastward to the Beqa'a Valley, Ammiq wetland and Qaraoun Lake, and westward toward the Mediterranean.
The cedar forests of Lebanon enjoy the unique distinction as the oldest documented forests in history. The cedars were featured prominently in the earliest written records of the Sumerians dating from the third millennium BC. The Epic of Gilgamesh describes the cedar forests of Lebanon as being "one thousand leagues long and one thousand leagues wide".
The link between tourism and protected areas is becoming more important as tourism activities are relying more on natural heritage combined with cultural heritage. At the same time protected areas are also becoming more interested in the role of tourism in supporting conservation initiatives. Ecotourism is a field that is very dependent on effective and efficient planning.
The reserve hosts 32 species of wild mammals of which 9 are considered to be rare at the international level (wolves, hyenas, etc.). 270 species of birds, 19 are considered rare at the national level, 27 species of reptiles and Amphibians
Shouf Biosphere Reserve launched its Rural Development Program in 1999, to support local communities by providing training and marketing outlets for their products. SBR established and equipped three ateliers in 2009 to produce jams, honey, syrups, distilled water, herbs and other items, in safe and hygienic environment. Today, SBR visitors can enjoy a taste of its culinary traditions through a diverse selection of natural foods, cultivated and processed with care and respect for the environment
"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for prosperity." Alexander Smith (1830-1867). Dreamthorp, 11, 1863 With its flowing waters, rolling hills, terraced orchards, and many natural splendors, Lebanon is truly a land of milk and honey. But it is also a land that has been taken for granted. The time has come to set things right. By adopting a Cedar, you are not just planting a tree, you are investing in the future of a beautiful country, encouraging ecotourism and leaving a far greater inheritance behind than any kind of fortune.