The Transformation of Lebanon’s Blue Economy by 2024

Promoting Sustainable Development through the Blue Economy in Lebanon

The Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development has partnered with UNEP to implement the Blue Economy component in Lebanon as part of the SwitchMed II activities. This initiative will be carried out both at a national and local level, with Saida being used as a case study. The main objective of this partnership is to promote sustainable practices and policies that will benefit Lebanon’s economy while also protecting the environment.

One of the key activities within this partnership is the organization of Lebanon’s first ‘National Blue Economy Conference’, which will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment. The conference is scheduled to take place on the 2nd of May in Beirut, Lebanon. This event will serve as a platform to showcase the findings of the national Blue Economy assessment and endorse policy recommendations, focusing on fisheries, coastal tourism, and port activities.

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. By facilitating partnerships and collaboration between key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, as well as academic institutions and civil society, the conference hopes to create momentum for sustainable development in the country.

Furthermore, the conference will highlight the importance of coastal cities and the engagement of 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

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