Trees 4 Lebanon


Worldwide, deforestation is the second leading cause of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, therefore contributing to climate change and global warming
Between 1990 and 2000, Lebanon was able to gain an average of 1,000 hectares of forest per year, leading to a reforestation rate of 0.83% per annum
However between 2000 and 2005, these modest efforts decreased to 0.76% per annum.



Additionally, other woodlands (non-forest wooded areas) have shown a decrease of 6000 hectares between the years 2000-2005 (data from the FAO http://www.fao.org/forestry/18308/en/lbn/ and Montgabay http://rainforests.mongabay.com/deforestation/2000/Lebanon.htm). 

T4L Project & Rotary Objectives 

 Putting a plan for planting trees in Lebanon coincides with more than one of the objectives of Rotary International. To name a few:

Caring for the Environment
Community Services
Helping to improve quality of life in the community
Promoting Rotary International services in general and Rotary Club Baabda services in particular, thus creating a more comprehensive idea about Rotary, thus facilitating the recruitment of new members.

T4L Project Objectives

The Rotary club of Baabda initiated this project in the year 2008-2009 and goes on with its implementation year after year, based on the following objectives:

To procure, distribute plant, irrigate and maintain one million trees over a period of 10 years in Lebanon.
This is a mega project since the cost of procuring, planting, irrigating and maintaining is guesstimated at the price of approx. $ 6  per tree, hence the total cost of the project is guesstimated at 6  million dollars.
For this reason, we are starting with a reduced objective and we scale it up gradually: 15 000 trees for year 1 and 155 000 trees for year 10.

Budget Plan


No of trees

% incr. Over previous year

Cost/tree      purch'g

Yearly cost of Purchasing

Cost/tree transp'n, distrbut'n, plantat'n &     irrigation

Yearly cost     irrigation/ Transportion  Maintenance

Total  Yearly Cost




 $  1.60

 $    24,000

 $     3.50

 $     53,000

 $    77,000




 $  1.66

 $    50,000

 $     3.64

 $   109,000

 $   159,000




 $  1.73

 $    95,000

 $     3.79

 $   208,000

 $   303,000




 $  1.80

 $   135,000

 $     3.94

 $   295,000

 $   430,000




 $  1.87

 $   187,000

 $     4.09

 $   409,000

 $   596,000




 $  1.95

 $   243,000

 $     4.26

 $   532,000

 $   775,000




 $  2.02

 $   283,000

 $     4.43

 $   620,000

 $   903,000




 $  2.11

 $   316,000

 $     4.61

 $   691,000





 $  2.19

 $   339,000

 $     4.79

 $   742,000





 $  2.28

 $   353,000

 $     4.98

 $   772,000











Strategic Directions

We consulted with experts in order to determine the need in terms of types of trees and areas in which trees need to be planted while respecting biodiversity.
We started by planting trees gradually, looking for different ways and means to procure the required type of trees to plant, irrigates and maintains the trees properly, while keeping our cost to minimum and achieving yearly targets.
We worked as a team stimulating other institutions and organizations to support this project in its different phases (planning, procurement, plantation, irrigation and maintenance).
We got the support of the Media for this project should always be kept in mind in order to get the required awareness
Fundraising should was considered as a main issue throughout the execution of this project.

Action Plan Followed I

Input of the different members of clubs. 
Determination of geographical areas.
Agreeing on the team. 
Allocation of different responsibilities to club members.
Appointment of fundraising committee.  
Approaching donors.
MOU with project partners.
Searching for governmental institutions to support the project.
Finding suppliers for the trees procurement.
Fine tuning fund raising process including Gala dinners.
Find out the location to store and distribute trees.
Initiating a brochure on how to plant, irrigate and maintain each species.
Printing of brochures.
Determining ways and means for the transportation of these trees to different institutions and organizations

Action Plan Followed II 

Advertising plans/ Support of the media. 
Preparing of Forms and Procedure with World Vision Lebanon. 
Determining yearly budgets and activities plans.
Preparing receivers lists.
Getting commitment of receivers to maintain trees.
Purchasing of trees. 
Making an agreement with the Lebanese Army to do the Transportation to different Locations. 
Distributing trees to beneficiary with World Vision Lebanon
Distributing of trees: Total of 19,000 trees in 2008/9 and 35,000 trees in 2009/10 38,000 year 2010/11.
Cedar Forests:   Y1 08/09→ One forest of 3000 cedar trees in Bcharreh .    Y2 09/10 → 2 forests of 1000 trees  each in Niha & Ferzul – Bekaa
10 Pine forests of 1000 each in 2010/11 in: Zahleh, Kaa el Rim, Terbol, Ma- chghara, Kaytoula,  Bab Mareh, Sweet, Ras el Harf, Menjez Akkar & Hadchit
Inspection of distribution and plantation.
Evaluation Reports.

For Plantation Contribution

One tree with a name plaque fixed around the tree with a chain: $35
10 trees with one a name plaque fixed with a chain around each tree: $300
100 trees with a stone plaque engraved with a recognition sentence: $ 1500
1000 trees with a stone plaque engraved with a recognition sentence: $ 5000

 For more details please  email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Mr. Nazih Ghattas ph: 03/101042 


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