New Technologies (ICT) for and integrated and sustainable management of natural resources in Lebanon

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Implementer: Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW)

Funder: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE)

Implementation period: April, 30th 2011 – December, 30th 2013


m1The project, with the commitment of ICIS and the Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Research Laboratory (GEOLAB) of the University of Milan,  has the objective to strengthen and develop the adaptation skills of different stakeholders, such as policy makers, institutions, final users, according to the possible scenarios linked to the main driving forces that are going to operate in the near future in the region, with particular attention to climate change.

The planning capacities are central to work in the light of medium and long term food and environmental security. In order to strengthen the sustainable management of natural resources, in particular water resources, the project is using two main complementary  tools:

  1.  ICT and specific software as a key element to collect and elaborate the data necessary to draft different scenarios and to structure informed policies. The use of information systems as Decision Support System (DSS) will be key element to develop adaptation and resilience capacities.
  2. Training of local experts and ministry’s staff on water management and strengthening local know how, with specific focus on management in situation of stress due to demographic and climate change factors.

m2The typology of target areas, chosen in collaboration with the local counterpart, the Lebanese Ministry of Energy and Water, are transboundary river basins where agricultural activities are in place, like the Orontes River (Nahr al-Assi), whose water flows in Lebanon but also in Syria and Turkey. The implementation of this pilot project takes into consideration the strict nexus between water and food security.

The project is conceived as a pilot action, potentially replicable in other areas in Lebanon, as well as in  other countries.

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