Consultations with IUCN members in Lebanon were made during a National Committee Meeting on April 11th to discuss the prospects of raising IUCN presence and profile in Lebanon. The new IUCN member, Friends of Environment Society, has graciously hosted this meeting.
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) presented the planning process for the Sailing to Barcelona activity, where youth will be sailing to the IUCN Barcelona Congress with media coverage from Al Jazeerah Children Channel. This project will play a major role in nurturing youth leadership for environment in the region. SPNL, IUCN, Al Jazeerah Children Channel and Qatar Foundation are the major partners in this youth activity.
IUCN WAME Regional Director, Dr Odeh Al Jayyousi, highlighted the value of membership in transforming the role of IUCN as a leading agency in environmental conservation. Due to recent history and natural disasters, the cost of environment degradation in Lebanon amounts to about 2-3% of GDP according to a World Bank study. Environment is in jeopardy due to the growing population and the lack of arable lands. Hence, IUCN can assist in ecosystem restoration.
Hala Kilani, IUCN WAME Poverty, Equity and Gender Programme Coordinator has presented the IUCN strategy in Lebanon to the members to get their input and feedback. This exercise reflects the spirit of involving IUCN members in the decision making process.
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