Ramlieh (The Mediterranean Forest Development and Conservation
Center of Lebanon)

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What is there to see?
The Mediterranean Forest Development and Conservation Center of Lebanon (MFDCL) is a training center and youth hostel owned and managed by the Association for Forests, Development and Conservation (AFDC), established in 1998 with the financial support of the Spanish Aid Agency through the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and with contributions from different Lebanese public institutions. MFDCL is classified as a Youth Hostel and is considered to be a unique center in the Middle East for the services provided for environmental groups as well as for social groups, business groups and tourists. Also, the center helped in the development of new small businesses in the village where the locals have been investing to provide services for tourists. Moreover, the area, where MFDCL is located, is rich in Flora including pine trees, oak, cypress, maple and others. The area also has numerous fruit trees like peach, plum and fig in addition to aromatic and medicinal plant species like thyme, lavender and rosemary. These plants, in particular, are used by the community in the local food industry.

How do I get there, and practical arrangements?
MFDCL is located in a pristine, small forest in the quaint village of Ramlieh in the Aley District, Mount Lebanon, at an altitude of 800 m. The Center is 40 km from Beirut, 12 km from the Beirut-Damascus International Road, 20 km form the city of Aley and 7 km form the Al-Shouf Cedar Reserve. It is located in the middle of Mount Lebanon.

When is the reserve open?
The center is available all year round. It opens from 8:00 till 20:00

What is there to do?

  • Conference rooms that can accommodate up to 100 people, totally furnished and equipped with needed devices like a video projector, an overhead projector, a slides projector, a TV and video, flip charts, all of which can be used by the groups in seminars, workshops and training activities.
  • Lodging facilities including 22 double bedrooms furnished to accommodate 44 people.
  • A cafeteria that serves only Lebanese traditional food prepared by women from the local community.
  • Open areas for field activities in the forest surrounding the center.
  • Eco-tourism activities that can be organized for individuals and groups within the Eco-Tourism Program being implemented by the volunteers from the center.

These activities include discovering natural paths and cultural sites by hiking or biking in addition to other nature adventure activities.

MFDCL serves as:

  • A training center for environmental education, management of natural resources, management of protected areas as well as other environmental issues.
  • An information center for environmental education and awareness.
  • A center for pilot environment and development projects.
  • A services center for other environmental, social, and business groups.
  • An ecotourism facility.

What is the Cost?

Type Of Accommodation Rate / Person ($ U.S.D.)
Full board accommodation:
Bed & Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Semi board accommodation:
Bed & Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Semi board accommodation:
Bed & Breakfast

*Special Rates are offered to School and University Groups

Are there special activities for educational visits?
MFDC is an information center for environmental education and awareness and welcomes schools.

Who do I contact for more information or bookings?

Ramlieh, Aley, Mount Lebanon
Tel: + 961 5 280430
Fax: + 961 5 280431
E-mail: mfdcl@afdc.org.lb or afdc@afdc.org.lb
For online reservation: www.hihostels.com Search for Lebanon, Ramlieh Youth Hostel)

Hisham Salman
MFDCL Manager
Marinian Center, 8th floor, Hamra, Beirut, Lebanon
Tel: + 961 3 493281
Fax: + 961 1 752670

How can I find out more?