Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut's Riverless Forest

Reclaiming public space and restoring biodiversity.

Land Forest
Miyawaki Method

We are reversing the deteriorating condition of the Beirut River by planting urban landfills with native forest species. The local community is involved in all phases of the forest-making process.

"Let’s enable the native plants, birds, insects and fungi to reclaim their rightful place in the city alongside their human neighbors."

We aim to reclaim and restore shared habitat for humans and other organisms.

Forest Maker Adib Dada


Rewild ecosystems in Lebanon






native species

trees by a river and highway
The site for a new Miyawaki forest along the Beirut River.
trees by a river and highway
The two year old Miyawaki forest along the Beirut River.

“ Instead of fleeing from cities and looking far to find nature, why not reinvent the urban environment and grow more nature in the heart of the city.”

Adib Dada

people stand near a tractor
tree saplings on the ground.
people stand in a dirt field
a woman wearing a red hat kneels in the dirt to plant trees
a woman kneels in the dirt next to plants
people in a dirt field
a woman and young boy kneel in a field
a woman in a field

The Benefits

Planting a forest along the Beirut River will:

  • Regenerate the native forest ecosystems

  • Increase biodiversity

  • Reclaim urban landfills and turn them into green public spaces

  • Empower communities and reconnect them with nature
Rewilding Beiruit, Lebanon.

Beirut Riverless

Beirut River, the city’s largest open river.

Since Prehistoric and Roman times, the river has been used as a water resource for drinking and irrigation. It also had an important role as a social space for the community.

In 1968, the river was transformed from a natural, healthy ecosystem, to a canalized infrastructure.  It became an open sewer for domestic and industrial waste water that’s highly polluted and poses numerous health risks. The river also lost its recreational and social function.


How to make a Miyawaki Forest?

In May 2019, theOtherDada hosted a workshop with Shubhendu Sharma & Gaurav Gurjar from Afforestt.

With that, the Rewilding Generation in Beirut was born!

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"Our resilient forest is thriving! Planted during a revolution and now going through a pandemic; bees, snails, ladybugs, amongst others, are having a wonderful time."

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