This guide highlights core print and electronic Library resources on the topic of forests in Lebanon including history of reforestation, afforestation, and deforestation. Use the tabs on the side to browse the different resources.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2005, “a Forest is a land spanning more than 0.5 hectares with trees higher than 5 meters and a canopy cover of more than 10%, or trees able to reach these thresholds in situ. It does not include land 70 that is predominantly under agriculture or urban use”.
Reforestation: the reestablishment of forest cover either naturally (by natural seeding, coppice, or root suckers) or artificially (by direct seeding or planting) -note reforestation usually maintains the same forest type and is done promptly after the previous stand or forest was removed
Afforestation: the establishment of a forest or stand in an area where the preceding vegetation or land use was not forest
Deforestation: the removal of a forest stand where the land is put to a nonforest use
Source: Dictionary of Forestry (1998) published by the Society of American Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814-2198. Not for further reproduction.