The aim of this educational booklet is to increase knowledge and raise awareness on water related issues, climate change and forest conservation in the Upper Akkar
watershed. This area is of great importance due to its breathtaking landscape, varied biodiversity, and vast forest cover. Moreover, this area is highly sensitive to
climate change impacts at the social, agricultural and ecological levels; and thus needs special attention.
The development of this educational booklet is of great importance as it will target the local community including women, children and farmers who are seen as the
most sensitive and influential groups. These users will acquire the knowledge, skills and tools needed to address water issues, climate change impacts and forest related
issues. Women, being the house keepers, will learn to manage and conserve water at the household level, adapt to climate change and learn best practices for forest
conservation and agricultural management. Children, being the young generation and future leaders will learn how to appreciate their natural environment and
gain the needed skills to conserve water, as well as they will learn to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts and guide in forest management and conservation.
Farmers, being the food producers, will understand the linkage between climate change and their livelihoods (including agricultural diseases linked to temperature
variations) and learn how to adapt to climate change stresses, through using sustainable agricultural practices, including types of crops, water management approaches and technologies.
This booklet can also be used as a guide for teachers who will learn the approaches used and apply them with their students. The implemented activities focus on the main learning outcomes. This interactive way of teaching is the core of the booklet and the SNOW program, which was adapted to fit all members of the local community including children, women, and farmers. This highlights the flexibility of the program where no age limit, gender or any other limiting factor can interfere with the learning process.