Life in the “Mandra”, past, present and future

On Lemnos Island, life in rural areas was centred for centuries around “mandras”, a system of buildings constructed around pens, which served agricultural, stock-breeding and everyday needs. The majority of people on the island lived off their land as both farmers and stock breeders. Mandras served their unique way of life.

The forest and landscape restoration approach to managing the Shouf Biosphere Reserve

Declared a nature reserve in 1996, less than 10 years later it was gazetted a biosphere reserve with the name Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR), in July 2005. With an area of approximately 50,000 hectares—or 5% of the total area of Lebanon—SBR includes, in addition to Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, 22 surrounding villages and Ammiq Wetland, a Ramsar site and one of the last remaining wetlands in the Middle East.

Stories of flesh and bones

How can stories help us? Maybe because they give us life. They bring us flesh and bones (and we humans need that). They remind us of older times.

Writing the High Atlas: immortalizing a place

When Barb Mackraz from the Moroccan library project first told me about the competition that Rood Everyday Mediterranean short story was about to launch, I agreed to be part of the project without hesitation because it touches me a lot, and I believe that writing is an amazing tool to change the world.

Stories can change the world and so can you

Stories change how we see the world. It’s urgent for our survival that more people see what’s truly at stake for people and planet and engage with it emotionally and personally. It’ll be a learning experience for me and every reader to see the world through new writers’ eyes and travel to new places and experience different ways of life through their stories.

Life in the “Mandra”, past, present and future

On Lemnos Island, life in rural areas was centred for centuries around “mandras”, a system of buildings constructed around pens, which served agricultural, stock-breeding and everyday needs. The majority of people on the island lived off their land as both farmers and stock breeders. Mandras served their unique way of life.

The forest and landscape restoration approach to managing the Shouf Biosphere Reserve

Declared a nature reserve in 1996, less than 10 years later it was gazetted a biosphere reserve with the name Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR), in July 2005. With an area of approximately 50,000 hectares—or 5% of the total area of Lebanon—SBR includes, in addition to Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, 22 surrounding villages and Ammiq Wetland, a Ramsar site and one of the last remaining wetlands in the Middle East.

Stories of flesh and bones

How can stories help us? Maybe because they give us life. They bring us flesh and bones (and we humans need that). They remind us of older times.

Writing the High Atlas: immortalizing a place

When Barb Mackraz from the Moroccan library project first told me about the competition that Rood Everyday Mediterranean short story was about to launch, I agreed to be part of the project without hesitation because it touches me a lot, and I believe that writing is an amazing tool to change the world.

Stories can change the world and so can you

Stories change how we see the world. It’s urgent for our survival that more people see what’s truly at stake for people and planet and engage with it emotionally and personally. It’ll be a learning experience for me and every reader to see the world through new writers’ eyes and travel to new places and experience different ways of life through their stories.