Green Cedar Lebanon, created in Dec 2007 by Pascale Choueiri Saad and Lara Hanna Debs was conceived as an environmental initiative in response to the massive loss of forest cover following the war of July 2006, the forest fires of 2007 and general long-term neglect over the decades in Lebanon.
Green Cedar Lebanon was founded as a non-governmental not for profit organization in 2019 when Cathy Chami Tyan joined the team.
Green CEDAR LEBANON mission is to encourages and honors the green best practices in LEBANON through highlighting the positive and outstanding accomplishments in the field of environment and to promote Green ideas and green solutions keeping green at top of mind and to create awareness to form like-minded pressure group that will influence the policies and decision making to have a green culture.
As a first activity, Green Cedar Lebanon began with launching a line of cedar-shaped jewelry and a local exhibition to present them, with all sales profits donated to Lebanon’s leading NGO “AFDC” (Association for forests, Development and Conservation) for the purpose of reforesting what was burned down. The project was a huge success, and more than 70,000$ were donated for the reforestation activities.
We have exported our jewelry to Dubai and France and London and many other countries. We exported all over the world where exists a Lebanese community as we need to provide funds for reforestation.
As a second step and having encountered a positive response from friends of Lebanon and mostly Lebanese expatriates worldwide, the project that began as an emergency response aspires now to become a worldwide presence and an inspiration for those who want to make a difference and who believe they can.
To take the project further, Green Cedar Lebanon expanded its activities and a natural development was bound to happen; namely a book: “Green Lebanon, the book”.
By showing in images throughout “GREEN LEBANON, THE BOOK” how Lebanon is beautifully green, we wished to touch the heart of Lebanese and to sensibly them on the natural treasure we have today but might lose tomorrow.
Our cause is to keep Lebanon Green.