MAASSER PARK HOUSE
The headquarters of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve is located in a restored and refurbished Lebanese house in the main square of Maasser el Shouf. In addition to providing visitors with information, rest rooms, conference room, gift shop, bike rental station, and walking/hiking needs, it also serves as the administrative center of the Reserve. Thanks to funds from Agence Francaise pour le Developpement (AFD) and the Maasser el Shouf Municipality the Reserve was able to purchase an old house of Levantine/Ottoman architecture in the main town square. During 2009 – 2010 the Park House was completely rehabilitated thanks to funds from the Italian Cooperation in collaboration with Directorate General of Antiquities. The work was executed by local craftsmen experienced in traditional stone and iron work. A sustainable solar energy system, generating electricity for 6 hours per day, was installed in September 2010.