According to an environmental impact study, the project requires the removal of between 30,000-40,000 trees.
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Preparations are underway for an 18-hole golf course and a five-star hotel in the hilltop village of Roumieh just outside of Beirut. But local residents say the development will not benefit the local community and fear its environmental impact. The golf course and accompanying buildings would be built over part of the nearby pine forest that was previously used as a training ground for the Lebanese Army.Mayor Louis Abi Habib said that the municipality could not prevent construction on privately owned land, pointing out that a golf course was preferable to residential or commercial complexes.Abi-Habib also pointed out that military training had already damaged the area, and that the company planning to build the golf course had promised to replace every tree cut down with six plants.
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