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Local anthropologist and tour operator Nour Farra Haddad has released what is arguably the most comprehensive guidebook ever on ecotourism in Lebanon.The book, a guided directory written in English, aims to promote internal tourism among Lebanese as foreign visitors have dwindled alongside security.The idea for the book came from Haddad's experience as a tourism consultant, receiving constant calls from Lebanese asking where they can do certain activities.It's these obscure facts that make "Eco-Lebanon" an unprecedented guide to the country.The help of the Tourism Ministry in funding the project made it possible for Haddad to avoid advertising in the book, which as a result takes an unbiased approach to suggesting things to do. Each activity section includes options from south to north and highlights particular projects and places based on their novelty or merit only.Agri-tourism is the largest section in Haddad's book, for example, but its activities are some of the most underdeveloped attractions in the country.Haddad was quick to point out that "Eco-Lebanon" does not include everything, and that for some subsections, her suggestions are just a selection of the options to, for instance, dine next to Lebanon's idyllic rivers. She also said she designated the book's offerings as ecotourism, but that she could not ensure everything was 100 percent environmentally safe or sustainable.
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