The aim of the study was to focus on the specifications required for sampling and laboratory quality testing of four major elements (Soil, Olive leaves, Irrigation water & Olive Oil) related to the project: “Maintaining the Traditional Land-use Practices Necessary for Conservation of Olive Associated Biodiversity in Mount Hermon, Lebanon”.
This document is an essential asset for project success as it helps defining the main requirements for attaining its corresponding objectives; in addition to, the follow-up on the results achieved in terms of comparative analysis following the implementation of the Good Agricultural Practices that must be followed.
The study will serve the proper Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) of olive orchards present in Rashaya, Kawkaba and Kfarmishki (Mount Hermon, Lebanon) detecting nutrition changes effecting olive groves and ensuring environmental benefits of sustainable olive groves soil management, in the district of Jabal Al-Sheik Municipality Federation. Also, the prevention of land abandonment, the reduction of landslide and soil erosion risks, with no tillage practices or intercropping techniques with fodder crops, as well as the conservation of ecosystem integrity (landscape quality and soil functionality) can be achieved.
The objective was to test Soil, Irrigation Water, Leaves and Olive Oil, before and after implementing GAPs and related action plan, in the area of Jabal Al Sheik Municipalities Federation (JSMF) for comparison purpose that will take place during 2 consequent olive seasons 2020-2021.
The mission is connected to component 2:” Determine the factors of environmental effects in 3 sites of Mount Hermon KBA (technical Laboratory tests), in the project funded by the project “Maintaining the Traditional Land-use Practices Necessary for Conservation of Olive Associated Biodiversity in Mount Hermon, Lebanon”. It also covers Sampling of olive from different farming techniques (traditional and non-traditional /conventional).