Students enjoy free entry to Shouf Biosphere Reserve, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Environment Ministry Thursday marked the national day for natural reserves by opening Lebanon's 15 reserves to the public free of charge, at a time when the country is struggling with a ruinous 8-month-old trash crisis.Ali Farhat, one of several students who came from Beirut to visit the Chouf Biosphere Reserve in Barouk, said he could not believe he was breathing clean and unpolluted air. It said it will launch a promotion film on Lebanon's natural reserves, raising awareness about the ecological and economic importance of natural reserves and the need to preserve them. Under the slogan: "Our reserves, our lives," the statement said that there are 15 natural land and sea reserves across Lebanon representing "a distinguished example of our nature and ecological system".
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