The Lebanese Republic
Saida participates in the ‘Sustainable Living in Small Historic Coastal Towns’ project. This project has created a network of towns around the Mediterranean and in Europe that are collaborating to find ways of developing while retaining their cultural and historical identity.
One person from the Lebanon participated in the meeting on ‘Urban Development in the Coastal Environment’ held in Essaouira, Morocco in November 1997. A report of the meeting was published as CSI Info 5 in English and French.
Five participants from Lebanon attended an international
seminar on ‘Sustainable Development in the Coastal Zones’ held in
Mahdia, Tunisia, in June 1999. A
report on the seminar was published as CSI info 8 (2000) ‘Développement
Urbain Durable en Zone Côtière. Actes du Séminaire International’.
brochure on Saida was published, in early 2000, jointly with the Hariri
Foundation and the Municipality of Saida: ‘Saida, the Ancient Sidon “Pearl
of the Mediterranean”’; ‘Saïda, l’Antique Sidon “Perle de la Méditerranée”’.
consultant visited Saida in August 2000 to collect data on socio-economic
aspects of fishing communities and other coastal communities.
An information workshop for mayors of historic Lebanese cities was held in December 2000. It was co-organised by the Municipalities, the Hariri Foundation and the UNESCO Beirut office.
joint CSI and Management of Social Transformation (MOST) project ‘Growing Up
in Cities’ and the Harari Foundation project ‘Memory and Belonging’ are
helping young people to learn about and manage their natural and urban
environment. The Khan Hammoud has been surveyed.
A summary of the historic coastal cities project was compiled in May 2002 in French and English.