Harsh Beirut has been closed for months now ever since its pine bushes got here below renewed menace from invasive sects. Whereas pine bushes in Lebanon’s mountainous areas have been additionally affected, “the large losses have been registered in Harsh Beirut as a result of the bushes are younger”, as reported by Nabil Nemer, head of the Agricultural Engineering division at USEK.
Nadine from Newsroomnomad wrote a prolonged put up on the illness that’s been hitting our pine bushes by “drooping the bushes’ branches, discoloring their needles – turning them purple, yellow or orange – earlier than slowly killing them” and urged these involved to take swift actions as a result of “if the pine bushes die, we die”.
Sadly and like all issues associated to inexperienced areas in Lebanon, the hype of the story died down and with it extra bushes, however the excellent news, or not less than I hope it’s, is that the illness has been contained at Horsh Beirut as confirmed by Beirut’s Jamal Itani in a latest interview.
Itani said that the contaminated bushes have been reduce down and burned away from different wholesome bushes and that the Harsh must be reopen by August 2017. Furthermore, the municipality will begin planting new bushes as quickly because the soil is disease-free.
That is clearly excellent news however that is solely a short-term resolution to an ever-growing downside: Lebanon’s deforestation and the dearth of significant initiatives to guard no matter is left of Lebanon’s inexperienced areas and protect our historic pine bushes.
Actually and as a substitute of engaged on increasing Horsh Beirut’s space, the biggest park of the capital, the authorities are planning to construct a hospital that may threaten no matter is left of the Harsh. NAHNOO NGO has been campaigning for months in opposition to the hospital, has organized a number of protests and even filed a lawsuit however building remains to be underway.
This isn’t the primary violation and undoubtedly received’t be the final. To be trustworthy, I don’t know how one ought to clarify to these in cost that by destroying inexperienced areas and threatening no matter is left, not solely are they killing bushes however they’re placing their households at risk.