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Save Adloun's Beach & Historical Town

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The coast of Adloun comprises a unique historical and environmental location on the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The town dates back to prehistoric times and houses unkept and neglected caves in the town dating back to prehistoric periods as well as ruins of the Phoenician city of Ma’rubbu with its three ports.

In addition to its archaeological riches, the coast makes for an ecologically rich and diverse site. The area provides habitats to many species of animals, birds, reptiles and insects as well as sea turtles, which are threatened with extinction. The area also provides habitat to a large number of fish and plant species, despite the absence of any care or protection for the beach from the use of illegal means of fishing, such as dynamite which resulted in damage at the site.

Based on all of the above, since late 2014, the Green Southern association have been calling for the protection of Adloun’s coast and seafront areas. It has lobbied before the Ministries of Environment and Culture for the classification of the site as a natural and archaeological reserve. The association has also called for making Adloun’s seafront preservation part of a comprehensive sustainable development plan that rehabilitates the archaeological and environmental sites, builds the town infrastructure, and enhances local craft. 

Today, the site is in danger, prey to a development that will destroy all the historical heritage of the beach, where a marina for luxury yachts is planned. This development will destroy the historic and environmentally-significant riches of the area. Not only will the country lose one of its last standing public beaches but it will also lose the historical heritage and sites that new developments are notoriously good at destroying. No plan was submitted to show how the development will protect the heritage and still give access to locals.

NGOs and civil society organizations nation-wide are calling for the support of this cause to protect Adloun’s coast, and are inviting Lebanese public institutions and concerned ministries, namely the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Environment, and further international organizations, in particularly UNESCO, to take urgent action to classify the coast of Adloun an archaeological and natural reserve and to prevent any acts or activities that are not in accordance with that.

Please help us save Adloun's coast and Lebanese heritage.


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