Zina Mansour: The aim of the national initiative is to restore a green Lebanon, primarily through the efforts of the citizens

Lebanese journalist and university professor Zeina Mansour said that the afforestation campaign launched by the National Initiative in the Lebanese Koura region in August-August 2019 was due to “the environmental catastrophe that afflicted Lebanon in recent decades and escalated in the last decade.” In an interview given to Monte Carlo International within the framework of the weekly program devoted to environmental and sustainable development issues, she explained some aspects of this catastrophe, saying that since the civil war until today, Lebanon has lost 46 percent of its green forest areas, in addition to “cutting down millions of fruitful and traditional trees that are part of the history. Lebanon, its identity and heritage, including olives and pine, for example.

Zeina Mansour stated that the Lebanese National Initiative works towards three lines: “Afforestation, declaring Lebanon plastic-free in 2020, and successfully launching a continuous popular campaign aimed at sorting waste. The goal behind all the efforts of the national initiative is, according to Zeina Mansour, to transform Lebanon into an environmental workshop.” Continuing in cooperation with civil society organizations and local authorities, especially municipalities, national authorities, and all other parties that have a duty to regain the great space that Lebanon had in the field of greenery.

On the reasons that made the national initiative initiate afforestation operations in the Koura region, Zina Mansour said that scientific research concludes that this region ranks first in terms of shrinking green areas and in the field of air pollution, which has negatively affected people’s health. In fact, the region is at the forefront of the Lebanese regions that suffer from cancerous diseases, given that there are an average of three or four cases per house.

Instead of negative objections, we decided to plant trees in the Koura region and turn them into a “model project” for greening Lebanon, all of Lebanon. This is what Zina Mansour insists on, who believes that the time has come to stop the crimes committed against the environment in Lebanon, which have thrown it into the list of countries most polluted with regard to the air of its main cities and governorates.

As for ways to deal with the problem of solid and non-solid waste in Lebanon more effectively, Zeina Mansour believes that this depends, first of all, on developing frameworks and mechanisms related to three processes: sorting, recycling and recycling. The divorcee of the National Initiative stresses the importance of education in developing an environmental culture for all citizens from childhood. It insists on emphasizing that the main concern of the national initiative is to transform every Lebanese into a keeper of the cedar tree and every plant through which Lebanon was nicknamed “Green Lebanon”, in order to preserve “this wealth that we do not have. Rather, it is the legacy of future generations.”

Where Do You Find Lebanon?

It is in its space narrow and wide spread, in its weak capabilities and in its courageous ambition. This is how Lebanon is. For every expatriate is far away, but closer to you than you imagine, so how about if you are a Lebanese expatriate in France? You will find Lebanon in every street in Paris, you may find it more than once. No, he is the one who finds you, so do not pass by a street from this capital unless the word “Lebanon” written in the name of a restaurant, or in the form of a cedar drawn above a store, catches you … So have you ever wondered where to find Lebanon with its high rice and the excellence of its cuisine and the genius of its children in France ? What follows is a participatory invitation to draw up a list of the most prominent landmarks that bring us from France to Lebanon.

We were the first to respond to the invitation, so we put together this mini-list to share with us the features that you recognized on this link, so the list lengthens and the distance between you and your country, Lebanon, shrinks.

In its cedar roots, attached to their land as well as they set out towards the whole world, the Lebanese and the cedar see them inseparable wherever you are, and France is no exception. They take root to cling to more, and if broken, they grow again, so neither the storms of crises nor the fluctuations of days could help but make their promises harder.

The echo of its church bells struck those who said that Lebanon is a “piece of heaven,” because its narrow borders have never expanded the broad space of its sects, because the sky is closer to God and carries the echo far beyond the borders of the earth.

In the goodness of his initiatives, for Lebanon to be drowning in its political and economic problems, is a sad matter, but as it is rumored in the midst of every resentment generates a blessing. The Lebanese, who is under the weight of his problems and concerns in the complete absence of the state, found a helping hand only in the kindness of his Lebanese brother. It is the same problems of the country that showed the goodness and sanctification of the other. Whoever participates and his brother carefree, comfort him. This is the true Lebanese Tina! There is no land on which the Lebanese have trekked, and where he can only spread his kindness and concern for others.

This has become part of our culture. This culture was spread by the Lebanese in France through several initiatives and humanitarian actions and service to society in more than one field. Whether in the French Red Cross or in the association “You are my brother” branch in Paris, the Lebanese do not spare their energy to meet the French society with its effort and goodness.…