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FOR ECONOMIC SUPPORT Print E-mail
Ricardus’ hard work and zeal to protect nature is not only dedicated to preserving Lebanon’s most important wealth, its natural heritage, it is also addressed to enhance its productive sectors from tourism to agriculture and industry and ultimately to improve its economy and the quality of life of the Lebanese. Every tree he saved is a tree that will bring more rain and avail more water for our needs. Every forest he preserved is a forest that moderates the climate and support agriculture. These are his beliefs that generated his overwhelming and absorbing capacity to proceed irrespective of obstacles.
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HOLY VALLEY Print E-mail
Qannoubine Valley

The Lebanese Government had applied to UNESCO for the recognition of the Qannoubine or Kadisha Valley in North Lebanon a World Heritage Site. The proposal had been listed on the agenda of the general assembly several times; however, the Lebanese government did not delegate representatives to defend the proposal and explain its significance.
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TWO FIRST RESERVES Print E-mail
Nakhel Island

Concurrently with the research on the cedar forest of Ehden, Ricardus was re-exploring the Palm Island off the coast of Tripoli in North Lebanon. The marine scientist had researched the islands and their surrounding waters before, and had sensed their value. The archepilago had witnessed circumstances that deferred interest in its assets, but the situation has changed. Similar to Ehden, Ricardus embarked on studying the flora of the three islands: Nakhel, Sanani and Ramkine.
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FIRST NATURE RESERVE Print E-mail
Horsh Ehden Forest Nature Reserve
 
When civil war was tearing parts of the country apart, Ricardus visited village Ehden in North Lebanon accompanied with his wife Myrna and his friend Lionel Ghorra. The plan of the visit was to be acquainted with the forest of Ehden that Lionel knew and had walked through. They reached the forest and took their first walk there. Immediately, Ricardus recognized the significance of the extant natural system and the damaging level of disturbance.
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CEDARS OF BCHARRI Print E-mail
In 1986, Mr Leon Howayek visited Ricardus to ask him to save the cedars of Bcharri because they were succumbing to diseases. At the time, Lebanon was at war, and Syrian troops occupied parts of the country. Ricardus refused to cross on Syrian barracks, which filled the roads up to Bcharri village. Mr Howayek contacted President Frangieh to secure the road for Ricardus. On the appointed day,…
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PIONEER CONSERVATIONIST Print E-mail
In the late 80’s and after about 2 decades of environmental activism and awareness dissemination, Ricardus was confident that the movement he launched is growing a spirit of its own and progressing toward aim. The people he lectured to, people he supported in activities, his students and all the people he touched have grown to a considerable mass able to further environmental activism. In fact, years later, other NGOs and groups working on the ground have adopted activities that the FON conducted during the awareness building phase, like cleaning beaches and towns, taking hikes in nature, etc.
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