||Due to the loss of forest coverage and biodiversity in Lebanon along the past decades, public and private reforestation initiatives have appeared at the national level. The Lebanon Reforestation Initiative (LRI) is a project funded by the United States Agency for International development (USAID) and implemented by the United States Forest Service (USFS) that aims to plant several hundred thousand native trees throughout Lebanon during the life of the project and will establish a foundation to continue tree planting and provide technical reforestation assistance over the long term.
To ensure an efficient reforestation, the quality and the origin of the plant used should be selected and controlled. All international mechanisms to identify the seed origin are based on trading regulations.
This project aims at implementing one of the most important international schemes for seed identification and trading, the OECD system, adapting its regulations to the Lebanese context. The main objective of 'the OECD Forest Seed and Plant Scheme' is to encourage the production and use of seeds and other reproductive materials, processed and marketed in a manner that ensures their trueness. The scheme identifies all forest reproductive materials (FRM) according to their origin, their basic materials (seed sources and selected stands) and region of provenance and states that these materials must be used following the ecological similarity between the place of origin and planting sites.
Once all this information has been gathered, a national network of seed collecting stands will be implemented at the national level as same as the labelling and homologating system and the handling and management of these areas.