(950m - 110km from Beirut)
The Yammouneh area is an interior valley located at 1100m elevation with highly specialized characteristics.
The Yammouneh valley represents a geologic fracture between the two continents of Asia and Africa along
the eastern Mediterranean. The fresh water at this elevation and location constitutes a special ecosystem
for animals (fish, reptiles, birds), and plants (junipers, abies, cupressus and cedars).
The golden fish, thought to be extinct in this habitat, was found recently in small ponds and in few numbers.
Rehabilitation is badly needed for this unique species of fish and distinct habitat.
The medicinal plants, numerous at such habitats, have very high potential and are important
for future economic development.