Biodiversity conservation initiative-Saint joseph University of Beirut

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    Rhea KahaleRhea Kahale

    The biodiversity conservation initiative of the Saint Joseph University of Beirut’s main mission is s to serve as a hub for providing scientific based evidence to enhance conservation, the integrity of protected areas and increase resilience to global change across different ecosystems. How? by Exploring, understanding, preserving and communicating the natural biological diversity.

    Our main work are divided into two levels:

    – Genetic characterization and barcoding of all Lebanon’s biodiversity
    – Ecosystem protection through In-situ, Ex-situ and Circum situ conservation ( population management and reinforcement, germination protocols, ecological restoration etc..)
    – Identification of species interaction through DNA metabarcoding

    Lebanon’s geographical position and diversity is of great importance to these types of proposals. Although, Lebanon is not an EU country, it is a marginal site for some European species. Subsequently, crucial position to predict how european species will perform under such climate in the future. In addition, these type of information will be of great importance to better predict the carbon sequestration in future scenarios.

    We are interested to be part of a consortium that addresses the conservation of biodiversity, green areas, forests and ecosystems

    if interested please contact us on: or

    Thank you

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