Residents and activists protest the Bisri Dam project in Bisri. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Lebanon's nature reserves were opened to the public free of charge Sunday to mark National Nature Reserves Day. Environment Minister Fadi Jreissati said Sunday he would protect all 15 of Lebanon's nature reserves, according to local media.A statement from the Environment Ministry described the reserves, which constitute about 3 percent of Lebanon's land, as natural, cultural and touristic sites, designed to protect their ecological diversity.National Nature Reserves Day was also marked by residents and activists protesting the Bisri Dam project, a 125 million-cubic-meter reservoir that sprawls across parts of three areas: Chouf, Iqlim al-Kharroub and Jezzine.
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