Mekse is a town in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley where refugees outnumber the local population. Thousands of people fleeing the conflicts in Syria have settled in this region, many in one of the 730 informal settlements that have sprung up. Mekse is making considerable efforts to welcome the refugees, particularly in giving the Syrian children an education, and a new school has been built next to our project site. Yet with this rapid urban growth, green space is becoming a scarce commodity.
A Rocha Lebanon is implementing the Mekse project in partnership with the Municipality of Mekse on a 3-hectare plot of land. Planting with tree saplings and shrubs like lavender, rosemary and rose bushes will continue until February 2019. In time these will create habitat for birds, reptiles and invertebrates, as well as contributing to a safe open space for public recreation and environmental education.
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