Juniper trees planted in the northern district of Dinnieh as part of reforestation efforts. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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There was a time when Lebanon was well-known for its green spaces, but over time, high-rises have taken the place of gardens at an alarming rate, according to the Agriculture Ministry, which launched a project Monday to reverse the disappearance of the country's forests.The ministry announced its revival of a plan to plant 40 million trees across Lebanon, after Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb met with the administrative committee tasked to oversee the project. Green spaces currently make up about 11-13 percent of the country, according to Chehayeb. The project, with its stated aim of increasing total green space in Lebanon to 20 percent, marks the largest reforestation attempt yet in the country. The planting project is a local and international collaboration, which will also see the public and private sectors working together.Chehayeb said the project had yet to receive the necessary funding.
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