Parks, Reserves and other Protected Areas in Libya.
Protected Areas in Libya The first conservation legislation came into existence in 1949, the Law on Forestry. The object was to give protection to forests and forest products, to soil, water sources and land under threat of desertification. Subsequently in 1970 the Law for the Protection of Agricultural Land introduced an ordinance on the protection of"green areas".
A specific agreement to set up the first national park was signed and a special decree enacted in November 1978. The national park system was established with specific guidelines for the creation of protected areas, in order to "create meaningful national parks for the Libyan people and international tourism". It also aimed to take positive measures to restore native wild animals in reserves where they have been exterminated.
The main body with jurisdiction of protected areas is the Technical Committee of Wildlife and National Parks which was created in 1990.
Sources : UNEP, World Conservation Monitoring Centre
New Hiesha Natural Reserve
Al Jaghbub Oasis
Grotto de Lete
Oasis of Ghat
Ouau en Namu lakes
Qaminis and Tukrah salines
Sebkha el Sahel
Taoulga islands (Thaouara)
Archaeological Site of Cyrene
Archaeological Site of Leptis Magna
Archaeological Site of Sabratha
Old Town of Ghadames
Rock-Art Sites of Tadrart Acacus
Trekking in the Acacus
For many years Libya has been almost untouched by tourists.It boasts some of the most beautiful and unspoiled desert areas of theSahara, rugged mountains and some magnificent, ancient cities and prehistoric sites. Leptis Magna is one of the most magnificent Roman Cities. Although badly damaged by an earthquake leptis Magna contains some of the best examples of Romanarchitecture and gives you a real feel for life in Roman days.Ijebel Acacus is one of the most fashinating and beautiful areas of Libya.The mountain of Jebel Acacus cover a vast area of Fezzan east of Ghat.They contain some of the word best examples of cave art, some dating back 12,000 years. The scenes depict hunting, festivities, wield and domesticated animals and love making. They suggest there was a higherrainfall and more temperate climate here in the past. The area appears like an extensive , high , sandstone plateaux that has then been eroded away into hundreds of complex rock formations and wadis. Masny days can be spent exploring this magnificent wilderness.there are several waterholes in the Acacus and occasionally you may encounter a Tuareg with his dog or see their grass hut or their goats.These people have often refused education and better housing preferringinstead to live in this wilderness in their traditional manner. this is one of the best areas for trekking in the deserts, shady wadis wind their way througt magnificent rock scenery and some of the mountainsmay be scrambled up in a short time offering beautiful landscapes. Wadi Tashwinat or Wadi Tashween, is one of the majour wadis of the Acacus. It is about 60 Kilometers long with innumerable side wadis leading off. It is popular not only for its scenery but for its concentration of caves with some of the better examples of Acacas cave carvings and cave paintings. It is likely that you will enconter another group in this wadi. Visitors are required to have a guide here . Not only to help them find their way through the intricate maze of wadis but also to help protect the unique treasures of the area. Sadly some of the drawings have already been defaced by souvenir hunters or others trying to make copies. The rock paintings and carvings were first noted by Heinrich Barth and Gustav Nachtigal in 1850. Only in 1955 did a major expedition led by Fabrizio Mori from the university of Rome come to make a detailed study of them. In all the recorded 1300 sites. For organised Trekking trips visit Http://www.ewpnet.com