I live here in Jdeydet el-Fekha and have been active on the municipality board and with international associations such as Caritas Liban, and have seen many other projects in the region. This is the first project that realises tangible results such as support to the craftswomen with the distribution of new equipment and linkage to the real market; and on the other hand the evolution towards solutions to over-grazing problems in coordination with the municipality and the shepherds. This resulted, with the foundation of the cooperative, with a group of shepherds who adopted the grazing management strategy. The coop was officially accepted by the ministry of agriculture and has rented a centre for milk collection and forage storage.
And this is the first time that a project respects the main heritage in our village besides carpet weaving, such as the water sources, the historical canal and the local agricultural features (apricots, anise, grapes, figs and pomegranates) represented in the ecotourism strategy. A guesthouse in our village called Al-Rashid guesthouse used to be the only local attraction, and we believe that in addition to this heritage left by artist Rashid Nasr, the ecotourism packages will add more credibility to our Hima1 project.
We need the project to be sustained because we need to implement the hunting strategy which we believe is a very lucrative long-term activity as long as it is well balanced with the biodiversity conservation and socioeconomic support that the Hima concept is based on.
 Hima is a traditional approach for the conservation of natural resources that has been prevalent in the Arabian Peninsula for more than 1,500 years. It started with the tribal system and the need to secure livelihoods in a harsh environment. The Hima approach evolved with Islamic culture, which added to it values such as equity, common good, equal opportunity and shared decisión making.