The Transformation of Lebanon’s Blue Economy by 2024

The Blue Economy component of the SwitchMed II project has been implemented in Lebanon by UNEP in partnership with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development. This initiative is being 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.

As part of this partnership, Lebanon’s first ‘National Blue Economy Conference’ will be held under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment on May 2nd in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference 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 engaging 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.

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