Forests are one of Lebanon’s most important natural assets. They have many uses and provide a range of valuable products and benefits. They offer not only environmental protection but also income and livelihood options for forest-dependent communities. Forests provide essential services such as carbon sequestration, shade, beautification, erosion control, and soil fertility; their trees can provide essential products such as timber, fruit, and medicine. Forests play an important cultural role, offering recreational opportunities and spiritual solace in urban societies. They are universally powerful symbols – a physical expression of life, growth and vigor.