ACTIONS & CAMPAIGNS
  • Zaki Nassif's house has been officially donated by his heirs to APSAD and registered in the land register administration under number 4284/2012 on May 5, 2012. President Raya Daouk with some members of the executive committee and architect Yasmine Makaroun, have visited Zaki Nassif's house in Mashghara to study how to refurbish it and transform it to a cultural center and a museum. 21/9/2012 .

  • APSAD Vice-President Talal Makdessi has urged the Governor of the Central Bank to help the preservation of the old buildings and Dr. Ryad Salameh reacted immediately by promising to help saving Beirut heritage by obliging the Lebanese banks to buy every old house which was going to be demolished in order to restore it. 3/4/ 2012.

  • President Raya Daouk and Save Beirut Heritage published together a complaint for the destruction of the ACAR property in Kantari. January 2012

  • President Raya Daouk addressed a letter to the Minister of Culture HE Mr Gaby Layoun regarding the systematic destruction of the old houses and buildings. 19/6/2011 l'Orient LeJour.

  • About some rumors Such as a destruction possibility of the property no 31 in Rmeil, the present premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , President Raya Daouk made a declaration in the press that it couldn’t be right because the property is on the public inventory in category A. L'Orient Le Jour 14/1/2011

  • Concerning the Lebanese Minister of Tourism HE Mr Fady Abboud’s official invitation to all the Lebanese Heritage associations including APSAD to participate at the First International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries in Riyadh: APSAD was the only Lebanese NGO to participate officially to this event.

APSAD represented by architect Hana Alamuddine Haydar with the help of Ghassan Yazbeck, set up in our own stand a full exhibition of 13 panels showing the various aspects of our built heritage and prepared a 15 minute projection of the built heritage in Salimah (Metn).

REPORT OF ARCHITECT HANA ALAMUDDINE HAYDAR FOR THE CONFERENCE IN RIYADH 22 – 25 May 2010

As you are aware, APSAD, was asked to participate in the First International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries in Riyadh by our Minister of Tourism.

APSAD, sent and mounted a full exhibition of 13 panels showing the various aspects of our built heritage and prepared a 15 minute presentation on the protection of the built heritage of Salimah.
The exhibition was very successful . His Royal Highness Prince Sultan Bin Salman was very impressed with the exhibition and promised to visit our offices in Beirut . We also presented him with a copy of the book " Palaces of Lebanon".

The presentation was well received as it was a unique experience of collaboration of the public and private realm for the protection of heritage.

A word of thanks to Ghassan Yazbeck who went ahead of me and mounted the exhibition beautifully.
Finally on behalf of APSAD, I would like to thank our Minister of Tourism HE Mr Fadi Abboud who gave us this opportunity to take part in this very interesting and valuable conference.

Action for Education Program for Schools

APSAD Cooperates With Mercy Corps since 2010 to promote cultural Heritage in schools. From www.asassat.com

Jordan and Lebanon have partnered to implement a very unique project titled "foundation for a Strong Future: Youth in Lebanon and Jordan Promote Cultural Heritage" that aims to promote accessibility and sharing of cultural heritage, and builds pride and knowledge amongst community members. This project is being implemented in partnership with four local organizations, two in Jordan and two in Lebanon: The Jordan Museum and Queen Zein Al-Sharaf Institute for Development, Beirut National Museum and l’Association pour la Protection des Sites et Anciennes Demeures au Liban (APSAD).

During the first quarter of the year, the partners set an action plan, detailing the role of each partner in the implementation process. Introductory meetings were held in Akkar, Tripoli, Nabatiyeh, Baalbek, Hermel and Beirut suburbs in Lebanon. The purpose of these meetings was to introduce the project to the local communities eager to learn about the program, faculty, youth and parents attended. Youth submitted over 1,500 applications to the project team, who screened the applications according to stringent criteria, and selected a group of 149 participants comprised of equal numbers of male and female youth from the above mentioned areas in Lebanon.

Meetings were conducted with the selected youth to introduce them to each other and to provide them with information about the project. Two Training of Trainers sessions were given in Lebanon by the educational advisor on the Cultural Heritage training curriculum the sessions were then given to the youth . In addition, two multimedia trainings were conducted . In Lebanon, the multimedia training was conducted over two days by the Audio Visual Faculty at the Notre Dame University. The trainings covered film making/audio, media print, and photography.

The last set of trainings took place on site in Lebanon. The main objective was to educate the participating youth, field immobilizers and multimedia team on the concept of Cultural Heritage. The Jordan Museum staff led this phase in Jordan; the Beirut National Museum and APSAD led it in Lebanon. The visits covered various aspects of cultural heritage including archeology, folklore, traditions and habits. This training gave the youth deep insight into their local cultural heritage, which will be important as they start choosing and producing their projects.
(www.asassat.com) 2010/2011

Actions and campaigns In order to save national sites and to protect the environment:

  • Feytroun rocks, the Mount Kneisset.

  • Natural bridge in Fakra, old bridge in Faraya, roman bridge in Akoura.

  • Littoral in Jbeil, Beirut river, Bay of Jounieh, Bay of Khaldé.

  • Including the the Enfeh sites on the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites, a program of the World Monuments Fund.

  • The historical and actual salt marshes; the wind mills in Enfeh

  • Campaign for the reforestation and to stop the cutting down of trees.

  • Historical rocks in Enfeh threatened by an oil slickParticipation in the campaign for the cleaning of the littoral.


Campaigns for the establishment of a master plan for the quarries.
  • Participation in the campaign against the use of the fuel oil.

  • Nahr Beirut valley, the region of the aqueduct of Anater Zbeidé.

  • Campaigns and actions for the protection of some buildings and the safeguard of historical old residences:

  • The old souks in Tripoli, Khan el Badawi.

  • Saydet El Rih church, Enfeh.

  • Abillamah seraglio, Mtein.

  • Historical house - K.Tawil, Kornet Chehwan.

  • Historical house, Zahlé.

  • Sofar village.

  • Areas with high concentration of historical buildings, Beirut.

  • Barakat building, Sodeco- Beirut.

  • On 20 March 2009, Apsad launched a campaign to save seven historical houses in Beirut, namely in Tabet Street, Achrafieh.

The campaign proved quite successful, with hundreds supporting the petition to safeguard our urban heritage, fighting against the destruction of these historical buildings. It is imperative that our society as a whole be made aware of our unique heritage, working towards the preservation and restoration of old houses against the overwhelming tide of unsightly developments and high-rise apartments.

APSAD strives to maintain the unique urban fibre of our capital, enhancing the beauty of its traditional dwellings, attracting ecological tourism while encouraging sensible urban development that respects our heritage and identity.
  • Campaign for the protection of the Kfardebian Stone Bridge

More than 250 persons from all over Lebanon, representing 26 NGOs, participated to the gathering organised on Saturday 8th August 2009 by the "SOS Environment" Committee of APSAD.

The participants walked in the area around the Natural Bridge- one of the biggest in the world- while the organisers explained its geological and natural interest. The press conference was given in the presence of several officials by Miss. Gladys Nader, who explained the importance of a permanent preservation of this protected site threatened by a construction project. It was followed by a mini-concert of ecological songs.

The event received a good media coverage. Among the organisers, Maxime Chaya gave his full support, along with the NGOs Baldati, Speleo Club du Liban, Lebanon Mountain Trail, T.E.R.R.E Liban, Vamos Todos etc.

  • Campaign to stop the construction of the planned Janneh dam 24/6/2014
  • أوقفوا تدمير جنّة نهر ابراهيم ...

    إن الحركة البيئية اللبنانية - تجمّع لـ60 جمعيّة بيئيّة منتشرة على كافة الأراضي اللبنانية - تعمل على حماية الإرث الطبيعي والإرث الثقافي في لبنان،
    تطالب بإيقاف أعمال بناء سدّ جنّة في وادي نهر ابراهيم فوراً لأنّ الموقع المختار غير مناسب للأسباب التالية :
    أوّلاً، الأسباب الجيولوجيّة:
    أشار تقرير المعهد الفيدرالي للعلوم الجيولوجيّة والثّروات الطبيعيّة الألماني الـBGR سنة 2012، استناداً إلى الدراسات التي قام بها بالتعاون مع مجلس الانماء والاعمار اللّبناني(CDR)  في إطار تنفيذ مشروع "حماية نبع جعيتا"، أنّ التّخطيط للسدّ لم يأخذ بعين الاعتبار عناصر جيولوجية وهيدروجيولوجية مهمّة وحسّاسة موجودة في الموقع المقترح لبناء هذا السّد وهي :
    •    الفوالق المتعدّدة الّتي لا تزال نشطة (active faults)،
    •    إتّجاه الطّبقات الجيولوجيّة المعاكسة لتدفّق المياه السطحيّة،
    •    الدّلمتة(dolomitization)  الّتي تزيد من مساميّة (porosity) الصّخر،
    •    تفاوت سماكة البازلت(basalte) .

    كما وتبيّن أنّ نسبة تسرّب المياه تتراوح بين 35 و52 بالمئة، ممّا يقلّص قدرة هذا السدّ على تخزين المياه الى 8 مليون متر مكعّب فقط، من الـ30 مليون متر مكّعب المقدّرة.
      وفي تّقرير آخر، ذكر الـBGR أنّه: "في ضوء النتائج الحاليّة، من غير المنطقي الذّهاب قدماً في بناء سدّ جنّة المخطّط له".
    “In view of the current findings, it would not make sense to go ahead with the construction of the planned Janneh dam”
    كما وأكّدت الدّراسات أنّ محاولة منع التّسرب ستؤثّر مباشرةً وبشكل سلبي على نبع جعيتا.
    “Any interference at the infiltration zone would directly affect Jeita spring”
    وقد جاءت دراسةٌ أخرى قامت بها الشركة الاستشاريّة العالميّة SAFEGE لتدعم هذه النتائج، وأكّدت أنّ الموقع المقترح غير مناسبٍ لإنشاء السّدّ بسبب طبيعته الجيولوجيّة والهيدروجيولوجيّة المعقّدة بالإضافة إلى الفوالق المارّة به.



    ثانياً: الأسباب البيئيّة:
    صنّف وادي نهر ابراهيم "موقع طبيعي" بموجب قرار رقم 34/1 صادر عن وزارة البيئة بتاريخ 14/1/ 1997، فهو موطنٌ لأنواعٍ متعّددةٍ من الثديّات والطيور والبرمائيات والزواحف، المهدّدة بالانقراض، كما وأنواعٍ من النّباتات النّادرة غير الموجودة سوى على ضفافه. إنّ إقامة هذا السدّ الضّخم  من المرجح أن تتسبّب بجفاف النّهر كلّيّاً، جاعلاً منه مجراً يابساً مما يقضي على التنوّع البيولوجي الذي يميّزه. وتجدر الإشارة بأنّ المنطقة التي سيقام فيه السّد سمّيت بالجنّة لجمال النهر وحيطه في هذا الموقع.

    ثالثاً: الأسباب التاريخيّة والثّقافيّة:
    يرتبط تاريخ نهر ابراهيم، المعروف بنهر أدونيس، بأكثر من 5000 سنة حضارة، فهو مسرحٌ لأسطورة أدونيس وعشتروت، الّتي شغلت الكنعانيين ومن بعدهم الإغريق والرّومان... وهذا ما دفع المؤرّخ الكبير إرنست رينان لتكريس فصلٍ بكامله لـ"نهر أدونيس" في كتابه "بعثة إلى فينيقيا"، حيث وصف منطقة وادي أدونيس بـ"المنطقة الأبرز في لبنان" نظراً لأهميّتها التاريخيّة.
    هذا مع العلم أنّ وزارة الثقافة كانت قد رشّحت وادي نهر ابراهيم ليتم إدراجه على لائحة اليونسكو للتّراث العالمي.

    ثالثاً: الأسباب الاقتصاديّة:
    سيرتفع سد جنّة 160 متر فوق الأرض وعمقه 80 متر تحت الأرض، وتقَدَّر كلفة إنشائه بأكثر من 700 مليون دولار، وبـ200 مليون دولار كلفة جر المياه إلى بيروت إضافة إلى الكلفة الباهظة لضخّ المياه إلى المناطق التي تعلو البحيرة بينما مردوده المادّي غير واعدٍ بسبب نسبة تسّرب المياه المرتفعة جداً.
     كما وأنّ جفاف هذا النّهر يعني خسارة لبنان لمعْلمٍ سياحيٍّ مهمّ، يتمتّع به آلاف الزّوار سنويّاً، ويعتاش منه السكّان المحلّيّون أصحاب المشاريع الصّغيرة الخاصّة بالسّياحة البيئية والإستجمام.
    لـــــــــــذلك
    نظراً لما ورد أعلاه، تناشد الحركة البيئيّة اللبنانيّة رئيس الجمهوريّة ورئيس مجلس النواب ورئيس الحكومة
    بوقف أعمال إنشاء سدّ جنّه فوراً وإعادة الحال إلى ما كانت عليه،
    وتدعو المواطنين اللبنانيّين تأييد مطلبها من أجل إنقاظ جنّة نهر ابراهيم كإرث طبيعي وثقافي لنا وللأجيال القادمة.

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