July 01, 2013 12:35 AM
BEIRUT: The Environment Ministry and other environmental organizations Sunday launched the new tourism season at the Palm Islands Nature Reserve just off the coast of Mina.

A launching ceremony was held by the commission tasked with supervising the reserve and the Committee for Environmental Care, under the patronage of caretaker Environment Minister Nazem Khoury.

“Establishing the natural reserve is an urgent need, because we must preserve our natural resources and regain environmental balance,” said Amer Haddad, the head of the committee.

The reserve is only open to visitors in the summer months.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 01, 2013, on page 4.

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