Activists from Jouzour Loubnan gather to plant young cedars on the slopes of the Jaj Cedar Reserve Forest.
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High up in Lebanon's mountains, the lifeless gray trunks of dead cedar trees stand stark in the deep green forest, witnesses of the climate change that has ravaged them.At 1,800 meters altitude, in the natural reserve of Tannourine in the north of Lebanon, ashen tree skeletons jut out of the forest near surviving cedars centuries old.Since the late 1990s, infant cedar sawflies have been eating away at the forest in Tannourine, as well as several other natural reserves in northern Lebanon.Temperatures in Tannourine have risen by 2 degrees Celsius in the past 30 years and there is less snow than before, Nemer says.For the past four years, the cedar sawfly population has again been swelling.Since 2012, it has helped plant more than 2 million new trees of all kinds across the country, Agriculture Ministry official Chadi Mohanna says. The project is running a little late on its target of 40 million planted trees by 2030, but he is optimistic it will help mitigate climate change.Since 2008, nongovernmental organization Jouzour Lubnan has planted some 300,000 new trees in the ground.
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