Biodiversity Assessment

Site biodiversity survey was conducted by a professional team from Ibsar-Nature Conservation Center for Sustainable Futures consisting of a biodiversity specialist (Machaka-Houri), an ecologist (Al-Zein), and a botanist (Yazbek) with experience in general biodiversity studies, eco-botanical surveys, floristic studies and developing conservation plans and field guides with national and international organizations and universities. The site was visited twice, first on February 4, 2011 then on March 31, 2012, times that correspond with the flowering peak at that elevation. Consequently, a species inventory of the site was compiled based on extensive surveying of all plants (native and introduced, trees, shrubs, and annual and perennial herbaceous plants, in addition to fungi and cryptogams). Samples of plants which were very difficult to identify on the site were collected and identified at least to the genus level (rarely to higher taxonomic level) at the American University of Beirut using national and regional floras.

Ibsar team recommended native plants that may be introduced into the site. Since native plants are adapted to the environment, they require minimum maintenance and very little irrigation during establishment. They also do not require spraying as they are adapted to insects and other pests that may attack them. Their report also included pre-construction and post-construction recommendations.

theOtherDada is interested to share the Biodiversity Assessment report with likewise enthusiasts. To have a copy please send us  a request to the following e-mail address:


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About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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