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Nature Beach reserve of Tyre

Tyre, whose very name is enough to evoke a glorious past, from Pygmalion to Dido Elissa, from Alexander to Hannibal and so many others. From the days of Christ the Lord Our Savior down to modern times, how many happenings this sacred land has seen take place on its soil! From Phoenician Tyre down to the present-day Sour, history has written down the heroism of its children in letters of gold! City rich in its archaeology, with its port, hippodrome, edifices and temples!

Though since earliest times the people of Lebanon have conserved their resources, their forests, beaches, valleys, plains, springs of gushing water and much else, now when one looks at the Cedars, Dynieh, Kadisha, the Valley of Adonis and the shores one sees the invasion of contemporary technologies bringing pollution and destruction of the ecology thanks to haphazard building with no respect for principles of town planning, deforestation, and desecration of the coast for the building of resorts and harbors where boats spew their filth into the sea.

Grandiose projects have had respect neither for the archaeological sites nor for the nation’s heritage. The land of Lebanon had been compelled to create special nature reserves in order to protect its environment. In November 1998 Tyre, the modern Sour, eighty kilometers from the capital Beirut, resolved to transform all its southern shoreline into a reserve of eight square kilometers divided only by the camps of the Palestinian refugees.

In all this region the ecological norms, both terrestrial and maritime, are to be respected, for here is one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the world. In the center of this reserve will be cultivated fields where springs give forth water that is pure for drinking and can be used for irrigation, as they have done for four thousand years, that is to say since the time of our Phoenician forebears.

There are also wetlands, the Ras el-‘Ain, of great natural beauty, forming areas where various amphibious and aquatic animals abound. The water from its channels flows out into the sea, making a stretch that is only slightly salt and is characterized by the presence of varieties of fish important for the future of the fishing industry, since here the fish spawn without risk and marine turtles can lay their eggs without fear. This is something which is certainly not true of the Asswan Dam, the construction of which has had catastrophic effects for much of the aquatic flora and fauna.

One part of the reserve will be open to the public and will allow holiday-makers to swim, to bathe, to relax and to enjoy themselves without any harm to the environment. These future projects will permit the region to be developed and to keep its character for a sociable, ecologic, cultural and humane tourism.

Joseph Matar - Translation from the French by K.J. Mortimer

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