Update: The Shura council reversed two of its previous decisions to halt the construction permit of the Eden Resort at Beirut’s Ramle El Baida beach. The Shura Council’s first decision was based on number of legal violations related to land and environmental regulations. Until now, no explanation has been given on why the Council decided to change its mind, putting into question the independence of the judiciary in the country.
For more information on the previous rulings and how it impacts environmental legislation:
Source: The Daily Star
A Lebanese Urgent Matters Judge issued a court order to halt the construction of the Eden Rock Resort on Ramlet El Baida beach in Beirut or pay fine of a 150 million Lebanese Pounds (US$ 100,000) for every day the order is violated. The issue was brought to the court by the plaintiffs (Green Line Association and Legal Agenda) after the developer refused to abide by the two previous two Shura Council rulings. Continue reading
Source: Firas Bou Zeineddine/Facebook
Yesterday, the Shura Council ordered a temporary one month stop to the construction of a resort on the Rablet El Baida Beach in Beirut. This case was brought to the Council by Green Line Association and the Legal Agenda on November 11, 2016. The plaintiff’s case was based on the lack of adherence to land and environmental regulations, misrepresentation of information to the Higher Council of Urban Planning, and the citizen’s right to the sea. Continue reading
Source: L’Orient Le Jour
Over the past few days, photos of hunters on the coast and dead seagulls have emerged on social media. Acting under the instructions of the Middle East Airlines chairman, these hunters were dispatched to the outskirts of the airport to shoot down the increasing seagull population which it seems have been attracted to waste accumulated at the site of the new Costa Brava landfill. The chairman stated in a television interview that the hunting will resume until “the government initiates solutions.” Continue reading
Source: Daily Star
Construction has been one of the largest sectors in Lebanon since the end of its 15-year long Civil War. This post war construction effort, along with population increase and a high amount of remittances from Lebanese expats have lead to billions of dollars being spent on real estate in the country. In 2013, the construction sector contributed to 21% of the Lebanon’s GDP. Continue reading
A controversial plan by the Ministry of Public Works to construct a port, the Nabih Berri Fisherman Project, along the coast of Adloun in Southern Lebanon is currently underway. According to the Director General of Land and Maritime Transport, the port will also host storage rooms and a fish market to be used by the local fisherman. Both fisherman boats and leisure boats will be able to dock at the port and a free public swimming pool will be established. The Mayor of Adloun lauded this “complete project” and claimed that “everyone will benefit from it.” Continue reading
Source: Beirut Report
According to the World Bank’s Environmental Assessment Sourcebook update on cultural heritage, “Many types of development projects can have a direct adverse impact on cultural heritage. The task manager, in consultation with national or local cultural heritage authorizes as necessary, should review potential direct or indirect impacts to cultural heritage as a standard and central part of the environmental screening process.” The EIA process in Lebanon also addresses the impact of development on cultural heritage in Section 7-3 of its EIA Decree 8633 for 2012. Continue reading
Legal Agenda recently published a piece (in Arabic) analysing the status of environmental legislation in Lebanon. The post focuses on Environmental Protection Law No. 444 for the year 2002 and poses the question: is this a symbolic law that the government has adopted in order to adhere to international standards with no real will to enforce it? This post presents a summary of the piece.
Some people believe that the value of Lebanon’s Environmental Protection Law is overrated as the government is unable to enforce all of its provisions. However, a Ministry of Environment adviser stressed its importance for providing a framework through which the Ministry can operate. The law, she believes, functions as an umbrella for all environmental issues in the country, defines them and sets stringent penalties for damaging or polluting natural resources. The law also helps Lebanon abide by its international obligations and adopts internationally recognized principles. Continue reading