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An analysis of environmental legislation in Lebanon

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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

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Ministries of Environment and Industry set to tackle industrial pollution

The Ministry of Industry and Ministry of Environment have announced a memorandum of understanding between the two ministries on integrating common environmental indicators with the data on industrial enterprises. The Minister of Environment Mohammed Machnouk said that similar deals will be signed with other ministers; he added “preserving the environment is a common responsibility among all individuals and institutions.” The Minister of Industry Hussein Hajj Hasan said “Our main goal is to use clean energy in the manufacturing process instead of using fuel and diesel.”

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This is an important step in curbing pollution in Lebanon. Industrial activities are a major source pollution; about 294 companies discharge their industrial and chemical waste in the Litani River. The figure below contains the air pollutants from local industrial activities . Zouk Mikhael & Mousbeh in the Mount Lebanon district contains the highest amount of pollutants followed by Jieh Sibline, Saida, & Ghazieh in the South.

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Source: 2010 State and Trends of Lebanese Enivornment

Environment minister slams illegal quarries

Environment Minister called on Monday for the immediate halt of work in illegal and stone quarries. He urged actions to be carried out prevent such activities. It is believed that there are about 80 illegal stone and sand quarries in Lebanon that are causing severe environmental damage.

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Machnouk sets broad environment plan

The Minister of Environment Mohammad Machnouk will present a new broad environmental plan to the cabinet of ministers this week. The plan includes the shutdown of the controversial landfill site in Naame and includes waste sorting by municipalities, selling recyclables to local industry and composting organic material for use as fertilizer. These actions will contribute to the closure of the Naameh landfill by January 2015.

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US Ambassador visits Minister of Environmenet

The US ambassador to Lebanon David Hill met with the ministers of economy, labor, and environment and stressed the importance of improving economic indicators. The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mashnook introduced to the ambassador the 5 key projects the ministry is working on and he pledged support the MoE in the implementation of an integrated strategy for the management of solid waste: strategy includes the rehabilitation of 700 landfill sites for $US 50 million. The ambassador also indicated support for a master plan on slaughterhouse management was being prepared that also includes the management of waste from slaughterhouses, and modernizing the environment standards.

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10 year interest free loan to buy small scale solar systems

The photovoltaic cell market support project is funded by a grant from the UNDP to the Ministry of Environment with the overall aim to establish small and decentralized units of renewable energy in Lebanon. The program offers 10-year interest free loans to buy small scale solar systems that are available in the local market. The director of the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation Pierre Khoury explained that the project aims to develop legislative frameworks, pilot projects to encourage the citizens to uptake solar technology, and provide technical training. This program follows the solar water heater market support project which was a big success in Lebanon.

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