With focus on Jacobaea mouterdei, endemic to the regions of Akkar and Danniye in the North of Lebanon, this project will mobilize and publish the results of a previous effort designed to survey and collect botanical data about the occurrence of this range-restricted plant and to assess its vulnerability. These regions shelter the most preserved natural habitats, but are also the less studied. There is a significant gap in data availability that should be addressed. Recently, human activities have been seriously threatening natural habitats and there is an urge to act for the conservation of these areas.
The data collection will also target all other plant species occurring in the different sampled habitat types. Therefore, the study will improve the knowledge on the flora of these regions by adding qualitative and quantitative data on the occurrences and ecology of plant species. The project will publish a dataset on vascular plant species of the regions of Akkar and Danniye, which will also be accompanied by the publication of a data paper.
As with all data published to GBIF, the dataset will be free and open and will allow further ecological analyses including population ecology, characterization of habitat types and the understanding of species association in the different plant communities. These results will also serve as scientific arguments to urgently advocate and implement conservation actions to preserve the unique natural patrimony of these regions.