The Transformation of Lebanon’s Blue Economy by 2024

As part of the SwitchMed II initiative, UNEP has partnered with the Hariri Foundation for Sustainable Human Development to implement the Blue Economy component in Lebanon. This project will be carried out both at a national and local level, using Saida as a case study. The primary 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 take place under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment on May 2nd in Beirut, Lebanon. This event aims to showcase the findings of the national Blue Economy assessment and endorse policy recommendations, focusing on fisheries, coastal tourism, and port activities. It brings 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 also emphasizes the importance of coastal cities and local community engagement in promoting sustainable practices. The work carried out in Saida will be showcased to demonstrate how local actions can contribute to long-term sustainability goals for 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, highlighting multi-actor engagement and multi-level governance as critical components for achieving sustainability goals.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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