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While Beirut and many other areas of the country have been plagued by unchecked development, trash crises and pollution, the Chouf region has remained largely insulated. Over the past several years, local groups and the area's municipalities have worked hard to preserve the architectural and environmental heritage of the region. One of these, the Chouf Built Heritage Conservation Project (SBHCP), headed by architect Zaher Ghossaini, has been working in the area for over 10 years.The SBHCP has also encouraged several municipalities to pass some regulation to restrict the kind of building projects carried out, in addition to several restoration projects of their own.Ghossaini accepted these challenges.While the SBHCP has managed to help implement some local regulation, it is still difficult to actually force individuals to comply with architectural suggestions.Despite these problems, people like Hani, Ghossaini and others are hopeful that their work in the Chouf can set an important precedent for the rest of the country.
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