The Transformation of Lebanon’s Blue Economy by 2024

The Blue Economy initiative is a partnership between UNEP and the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development, which aims to promote sustainable practices and policies in Lebanon while protecting the environment. This initiative will be carried out both at a national and local level, with Saida being used as a case study.

One of the key activities within this partnership is the organization of Lebanon’s first ‘National Blue Economy Conference’, which will take place under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment on May 2nd in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference aims to bring together high-level political and technical experts to discuss ways to transition towards a more circular, environmentally resilient, and prosperous Blue Economy in Lebanon.

The conference will also highlight the importance of coastal cities and local communities in promoting sustainable practices. The work carried out in Saida will be showcased to demonstrate how local actions can contribute to the long-term sustainability of the Blue Economy in Lebanon. Following the conference, on-ground activities and a city-wide validation process of the local action plan on Blue Economy in Saida will take place, emphasizing the importance of multi-actor engagement and multi-level governance in achieving sustainability goals.

By Samantha Johnson

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