AFDC Timeline

2018
August 2

2018

• AFDC implements large scale reforestation activities (300 ha) in Rashaya, Chmestar, Kawkaba and Menjez with the support of UNDP, AFD, WFE and FAO and in collaboration with local authorities.
• AFDC implements large scale forest management projects in 13 villages in Northern Akkar, in Zahle, Rashaya and West Bekaa in addition to 24 villages in Chouf/Aley region with the support of UNDP and WFP.
• AFDC develops and implementspioneer school-based projects on solid waste management in 10 public and private schools with the support of Fredrich Ebert Foundation.
• AFDC establishes a partnership with FRMI (a French consulting firm expert in forest management) to develop the first technical guidelines for forest management in Lebanon for 10,000 ha of lands in West Bekaa with the support of UNDP.
• AFDC develop and put into implementation financial, procurement, HR, Voluntarism and Gender Policies.
• AFDC launches a pioneer project with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to develop and put in place a paperless policy aiming at reducing the production of paper wastes in Schools with the support of USAID through BALADI CAP Program.
• 25 students from 9 universities graduated from the Green Leadership Academy as advocates for sustainable development and three related community projects are implemented by the students with the support of Freidrich Ebert Foundation.
• AFDC engages 77 youth from 7 communities in a capacity building program around eco and rural tourism and therole of youth in community development with the support of the US Embassy.

2017
August 2

2017

• AFDC conducts community based planning with 32 villages to increase resiliency in face of natural and man made disasters with the support of USAID through Baladi Cap Program and the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
• AFDC develops its five years Strategic Plan based on its revised vision, mission and strategic goals and programs with the support of USAID through BALADI CAP Program.

2016
August 2

2016

• AFDC revises the national action programme developed in 2000 and align it with the 10 year strategy of the UNCCD in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the support of UNEP and UNDP.
• AFDC works on the mitigation of the impacts of the Syrian conflict on Lebanon. Community outreach working with families from the target group, along with a special work programme for young unemployed people aiming to improve the situation of the target group in the Chouf District, Mount Lebanon, and thereby contribute to social stability in the host municipalities with the support of AMURT.
• AFDC provides rapid working opportunities for underprivileged Lebanese and Syrian refugees through pioneering forest management activities that protect 70 ha of vulnerable ecosystems from forest fires and raise the awareness of local communities with the support of UNDP.
• AFDC enhances the adaptation of two local communities to natural and manmade risks and increase their resilience and supplements the communities with key equipment to enhance their capacities to process and monitor risks with the support of Hanns Seidel Foundation.
• AFDC supports vulnerable host communities in the North through rapid employment schemes in reforestation and enhance environmental conditions in select northern communities through reforestation of 33 ha of degraded lands and increased awareness of local communities with the support of UNDP.
• AFDC conserves and protects the natural heritage of two communities and reduce their fire risk through capacity building and provision of key equipment in chouf area with the support of the Japanese Embassy.

2015
August 2

2015

• AFDC finalized in partnership with IUCN ROWA and model for quarry rehabilitation with the support of HOLCIM Lebanon and monitors the success of the quarry rehabilitation measures and the retake of the ecosystem dynamics on site.

2014
August 2

2014

• AFDC provides direct support of agricultural infrastructure in two Lebanese regions with a focus on efficient and judicious use of water resources, Upgrading the value-chain of agricultural produces in the Ramlieh/Aley region with the support of EU.
• AFDC contributes in the mitigation of the pressure on the water sector in the Ghazze host community by improving water availability for the residents; refugees and locals alike while sustaining a constant supply of good quality water with the support of UN-OCHA.

2013
August 2

2013

• AFDC contributes to the restoration of degraded lands in the Rachaya community through reforestation of 90 ha with the support of USAID and in partnership with Lebanon Reforestation Initiative.
• AFDC trains 60 volunteers from different forest areas on forest fire fighting tools and techniques, Equipping the trained volunteers with equipment for early forest fire intervention. Conductstraining of trainers for 120 members LAF forces on Forest fire fighting, Equipping the trained LAF forces with equipment for early forest fire intervention.Conductsmedia campaign all over Lebanon through billboards. Develops guideline on forest firefighting and develops School theatrical displays with the support of USAID in collaboration with LRI.

2012
August 2

2012

• AFDC distributes 450,000 seedlings for plantation to municipalities and volunteers all over Lebanon.
• AFDC launches “Lebanon Environmental Education Policy” in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the National Center for Research and Development (CRDP) and with the financial support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
• AFDC launches the “Environmental Education Curriculum – First Cycle” in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the National Center for Research and Development (CRDP) and with the financial support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation.
• AFDC implements a training-of-trainers program for the Army about forest fires tools and techniques and implementation if Incident Command System (ICS) to control fires.
• AFDC organizes a study tour to the US in cooperation with the USFS through LRI (Lebanon Reforestation Imitative) for officers from the Army and the Civil Defense and AFDC about applying ICS in forest fires management.
• AFDC starts a project in Kesserwan and Jbeil to develop local forest fire prevention plans in collaboration with the Italian Cooperation and the Civil Defense.

2011
August 2

2011

• AFDC starts a project with UNESCO to protect Qadisha Valley from forest fires.
• AFDC starts a project with the Italian Cooperation in Dmit and Jezzine Municipalities to establish local protocols to prevent forest fires in cooperation with the Civil Defense.
• AFDC establishes a new cooperation with the Japanese Embassy to initiate a forest fire volunteers group in Bchatfine village in cooperation with the municipality and the local civil defense center.
• AFDC establish a forest fire observatory in cooperation with UNDP in Bchatfine village as part of the local forest fire management plan.
• AFDC establishes the biggest forest tree nursery in Lebanon in Baddi, shouf in collaboration with Diadgo. The nursery produces 1 M forest trees annually.
• AFDC signs a memorandum of understanding with the National Center for Research and Development affiliated to the Ministry of Education to develop Lebanon National Strategy for Environmental Education.

2010
August 2

2010

• AFDC implements the first forest fire management integrated project in the North in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and FAO.
• AFDC initiates Andkit (Akkar) tree nursery with a production capacity of 100,000 seedlings annually.
• AFDC establishes a water pond for fire fighting in AndkitAkkar and rehabilitates infrastructure to prevent forest fires.
• AFDC launches the training-of-trainers program n forest fires with the Army and the Civil Defense.
• AFDC helps in the provision of equipment and firefighting tools (trucks, PPE, bamby buckets, etc) to the Army, the Civil Defense, the Forest Guards and volunteers from local communities.
• AFDC assists in the development of forest fires early warning system with the Italian cooperation and the Civil Defense.
• AFDC starts project with different private sector groups as part of CSR projects.
• AFDC launches “The Green Leadership Academy Program” with Starbucks targeting students from different backgrounds.

2009
August 2

2009

• The Lebanese Government signs the National Strategy for Forest Fire Management developed by AFDC and the Ministries of Environment, Interior and Municipalities, Defense, Agriculture, CDR .
• AFDC launches “Only You can Prevent Forest Fires” campaign with USAID.
• AFDC launches the annual awareness campaign “إذا اختفى الشجر، إختفى البشر”
• AFDC signs the Memorandum of Understanding between AFDC and Lebanese University, Faculty of Agriculture Engineering & Veterinary Medicine to teach a course about forest fires management.
• AFDC launches the new environmental education website: www.afdclearn.org
• AFDC launches of the Puppet Show.
• AFDC inaugurates Ammatour Forest Tree Nursery.
• AFDC inaugurates a new forest fire center: Dmit Center
• AFDC inaugurates a common fire fighting operations room & distributing of the firefighting equipment within the Civil Defense.
• AFDC publishes the “National Assessment of tree nurseries” study.
• AFDC celebrates Hewarna closing ceremony.
• AFDC launches “The Lebanese National Reforestation Initiative” under the patronage of the Minister of Environment.

2008
August 2

2008

• AFDC launches the annual campaign “Ma Tshaweh Tabi3tak”.
• AFDC launches the awareness campaign by training on the tool kit in Fardis, Kfarshouba, Rashaya, Almat, Lahfid, Kartaba, Rmiech, Ramlieh, Aghmeed, Badghan, Kfarnees, Maasraity, Mesherfy, Reshmayya, Sharoun, Zgharta, and others.
• AFDC launches the tree nursery in Andket.
• AFDC launches the “Integrated Forest Fires Management” in Lebanon.
• AFDC launches the reforestation campaign starting in Almat.
• AFDC opens Andket Forest Center.
• AFDC launches the first Ropes courses and Experiential Center in Lebanon at MFDCL, Ramlieh.
• AFDC implements an international workshop on “Integrated Forest Fire Management and Monitoring Plan”.
• AFDC organizes a national workshop on “Lebanon National Strategy on forest fire Management”.
• MFDCL celebrates 10 years since the launching of the center.
• AFDC elects new board of directors.

2007
August 2

2007

• AFDC launches the construction of forest centers in Dmit, Qornayel and Almat, as well as a tree nursery in Mimess.
• AFDC launches a wide reforestation program.
• AFDC launches the annual campaign “Al-HarqaBl-Qalb”.
• AFDC publishes the state of Lebanon’s report 2007.

2006
August 2

2006

• AFDC launches a wide campaign: “Relief and Conservation Campaign” during the war on Lebanon.
• AFDC changes its name, objectives and Executive Committee and updates its bylaws. Ms. Nada Zarour is elected as AFDC President.
• AFDC’s new name becomes: Association for Forests, Development and Conservation. The new name highlights development as a new major dimension of AFDC programs.
AFDC changes its six programs adding additional dimensions. The new programs are four: Nature Conservation, Outreach and Capacity Building, Research and Project Development and Advocacy.

2005
August 2

2005

• AFDC organizes its first national campaign about forest fires fighting and prevention.
• AFDC starts to develop a GIS department.

2004
August 2

2004

• AFDC organizes national conferences on major environmental policies.

2003
August 2

2003

• Programs are implemented in AFDC working areas and establishing additional AFDC units.
• AFDC organizes its first annual eco tourism festival.
• AFDC organizes its first national schools’ environmental clubs festival.

2002
August 2

2002

• AFDC structures its programs into six: Reforestation, Forest Fires Fighting, Environmental Education and Awareness, Capacity Building, Ecotourism and Special Campaigns.

2001
August 2

2001

• AFDC gets EU funding (EC LIFE) for forest fire management.
• AFDC signs a partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation.

2000
August 2

2000

• Building the institution.
• AFDC gets EU funding (SMAP) and WWF support to biodiversity conservation.

1999
January 1

1999

• AFDC hosts its first regional and Mediterranean training workshops.
• AFDC organizes “AFDC First Annual Congress”.

1998
January 1

1998

• AFDC inaugurates its Mediterranean Forest Development and Conservation Center of Lebanon MFDCL.
• AFDC hires its first skilled member of staff.

1997
January 1

1997

• AFDC inaugurates its forest tree nursery in Ramlieh.
• AFDC puts the cornerstone for its “Mediterranean Forest Development and Conservation Center of Lebanon MFDCL”.
• AFDC invites members from all over Lebanon to join its general assembly.

1996
January 1

1996

• AFDC starts building its tree nursery.
• AFDC builds a partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF.
• AFDC gets funding through WWF to build a forest center in Ramlieh.
• AFDC establishes a voluntary system composed of units in different villages.
• AFDC president, Mr. Chehayeb, is appointed a Minister of Environment.

1995
January 1

1995

• AFDC receives a $100,000 funding to establish a tree nursery in Ramlieh.
• AFDC decides to work in the Southern Mount Lebanon region beyond Ramlieh territories.
• First member from outside Ramlieh, Deputy AkramShehayeb, joins AFDC.

1994
January 1

1994

• AFDC is officially recognized by the Ministry of Interior.
• Reforestation in Ramlieh continues.

1993
January 1

1993

• Ramlieh Reforestation Committee is established.
• The funding of activities is collected from parents and relatives of the members
• The “Association for Forest Development and Conservation AFDC” is established as an NGO in Ramlieh.
• Reforestation of Ramlieh begins.

1992
January 1

1992

• Huge forest fires take place all over Lebanon.
• One of them destroys the forests of the Ramlieh village.

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