On Friday, March 8, 2019, within the framework of the BALADI program implemented by Caritas Lebanon, USAID Lebanon and the Kawkaba Municipality inaugurated the Kawkaba Ecovillage recently established with USAID assistance in Kawkaba (Hasbaya District). The opening ceremony was held in the presence of USAID Project Management Specialist, Mrs. Christine Sayegh, the Director of Programs and Operations of Caritas Lebanon, Mr. Bruno Attieh, and the Mayor of the Kawkaba Municipality, Dr. Elie Abou Nakoul all of whom delivered a speech. The Kawkaba Ecovillage project is part of the Municipality’s efforts to promote sustainable rural tourism in the region, revive the traditions of the Kawkaba village, boost economic growth and bring people, tourists and residents together. The speeches were followed by a technical presentation on the project, a short documentary showcasing the project and the village, and a tour of the completed venue and the bungalows. There was also a market of traditional Lebanese products at the location. The Kawkaba Ecovillage includes seven bungalows, a snack bar, and a garden for local and international tourists in the rural area of Hasbaya. USAID provided $250K worth of in-kind assistance to support the municipality and community of Kawkaba in creating an ecovillage that will benefit more than 1,500 Lebanese residents, tourists, and youth. This initiative is being implemented in partnership with the Kawkaba Municipality which contributed $246K worth of land, labor, and supplies.