Beirut's Riverless Forest
Reclaiming public space and restoring biodiversity.
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
“People have flocked to our Beirut Riverless project. You can feel the hunger for it. People who happened to walk by the site on planting days stop to put a sapling in the ground, somesaying they had never really touched a plant before.”
— Adib Dada
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!