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Bentael LebanonThe Bentael Nature Reserve was created by the Law No.11 on February 25, 1999. In the absence of a proper Management team, the site is managed by the Bentael Nature Reserve Committee under the supervision of the Ministry of Environment.

Bentael Nature Reserve is located in the foothills of Mount Lebanon northeast of Byblos. Being one of the smallest nature reserves in Lebanon (1.5 square km), this reserve is noteworthy because of its history. Founded in 1981, this site was bequeathed to the Ministry of the Environment by the people of the village of Bentael.

It was one of the first reserves to be created in Lebanon and set an example for the need to conserve Lebanon’s natural heritage. The reserve is situated in the flight path of migratory hawks, eagles and other raptors and is enjoyed by bird enthusiasts. Visitors can access the reserve via one of two entrances: one near the village of Mechehlène and the other in the upper region of Bentael.

For more info about Tannourine Cedar Forest Nature Reserve, please visit the Ministry Of Environment official website: www.moe.gov.lb/