Belezma biosphere reserve located in the North-East of Algeria, lies on the hills of Belezma Mountain Chain in the Aurès region. Belezma a sort of green belt protecting the country’s inland from desertification, represents a safe haven for the Egyptian vulture, lesser grey shrike and the striped hyena. Underneath cedar, holm oak and common holly trees lies a colorful grouping of rare and endemic plants, such as rosemary, dog rose, turbith (Athamanta turbith L.) and thyme and associations of medicinal and aromatic plants including thyme, sagebrush and rosemary. Belezma massif hosts cedar forests with remarkable traits sought after by local breeders for seed recruitment and reforestation initiatives. The biosphere neighborhoods feature world-renowned archaeological sites with the ruins of Zana, the tomb of Imedghacen (Berber king), the ruins of Timgad and Tazoult, the tomb of El Hocine and the Ksar Belezma.