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Project of the Environment Fund for Lebanon
Posted on: 1/17/2008 12:42:00 PM

    
Following the July 2006 war in Lebanon, many negative environmental damages have resulted, with varying level of severity; these include oil spill pollution, forests damages and the destruction of infrastructure. Moreover, major studies of environmental damages after the war confirm that the war led to the aggravation of already existing, chronic environmental problems, such as solid waste and waste water management, coastal pollution, air pollution and land degradation.
In addition to environmental damages, the war had major impacts on the overall economy, and caused a general recession affecting all sectors of the economy.
 
The project aims at responding in a quick and non-bureaucratic manner to the environmental damage resulting from the July 2006 war. The overall goal of the project is: “Environmental risks and economic impacts of the war in Lebanon are reduced”.
This goal will be achieved through the provision of local subsidies totaling 2.5 millions euros which will allow the project to identify and subsequently implement individual environmentally-friendly reconstruction measures during the term of three years in a fast and un-bureaucratic manner. The project is coordinated through the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR). Technical assistance is provided through GFA and ELARD for supporting the management and implementation of the project activities.
 
Current situation
  • Key fields of intervention determined: Priority fields of intervention for the Environmental Fund were selected on the basis of the Situation Analysis of the national environmental sector. Priority fields address both war-related and chronic environmental impacts, giving priority to environmental measures that potentially provide economic benefits to SMEs.
  • Partnerships built: The TA team has intensively engaged in building positive partnerships for project implementation, and the most prominent stakeholders were already been engaged into consultation meetings, including the Ministry of Environment (MoE), the Industrial Research Institute, key environmental Lebanese NGOs and private sector representatives.
  • Operational planning concluded: The TA team has concluded the Operational Planning, resulting in a revised global work plan and a detailed activity plan for the coming six months. Other key activities conducted include setting up of a Communication Plan and of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system in line with GTZ’s Results-based approach.
 
Future activities
  • Fund Management Manual: A key activity underway is the development of the fund management procedures including specifications for the selection and evaluation criteria of the Fund interventions. A complete Fund Management Manual will be available by March 2008.
  • Advisory Board established: The members of the Advisory Board of the Environmental Fund were identified in close cooperation with CDR and the key stakeholders. These are CDR, MoE, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and the Lebanese Environment Forum. The first meeting of the Advisory Board will be convened to establish the Statutes of the Board and agree on future meetings.
Preparation for the Launching of the Fund: A major public event is planned in mid-January 2008 to announce the launching of the Environmental Fund and to call for submission of project proposals. This event will bring together political partners at the highest level, ensuring public visibility of the project launching. The launching of the Fund will be based on a set of communication tools including the Website, the Newsletter and an Information Kit. (GTZ)


 

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