09.10.2019 - Natural Sciences Sector

Outcomes of the training in Beirut on “Nature-based Solutions (NBS) for Water"

Participants to the National Training on NBS in Beirut

With the generous financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) in collaboration with UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Arab States conducted a national training on the theme of the World Water Development Report 2018 “Nature-based Solutions for Water”. The training was held at the premises of UNESCO Beirut Office in Lebanon on 7 and 8 October.

Around 30 participants from the Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Environment, Universities, research institutes, natural reserves and non-governmental organizations of Lebanon were involved. 

The training opened with the welcome remarks Mr. George Awad on behalf of the Director of UNESCO Beirut Office, followed by Dr. Abdulaziz Al Magushi, the representative of Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Foundation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Engin Koncagul, from UNESCO WWAP thanked the Foundation for the financial backing and the UNESCO Beirut office for its support in the organization of the two-day long learning activity.

The workshop included lectures delivered by Mr. Fady Asmar (the representatives of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations) and Ms. Dima Kharboutli (the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia of the United Nations). Mr. Georges Chemaly from Green Plan (a public administration with the objective of reclamation of agricultural land and construction of agricultural roads and hillside ponds) and Ms. Rima Sorour Al-Housseiny from Lebanese Green Building Council (a non-governmental organization advocating for sustainable buildings that adopt NBS approaches) also shared their experiences on implementation of various NBS projects in Lebanon, complemented by other examples provided by trainees from different institutions. There were also working group sessions following the presentation of every section of the report. These discussions engaged all the trainees and opened up the floor for exchange of experiences.

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The national training was designed to provide an overall understanding on what nature-based solutions (NBS) are and how they enhance water availability, improve water quality and reduce risks associated with water-related disasters and climate change. In addition to technical aspects of NBS, numerous real-life examples from around the world, including the Arab region and notably Lebanon were provided to compound the understanding on the subject, its practical implementation and the substantial potential it holds to substitute, augment or work in parallel with human-built infrastructure for better water management. This knowledge can facilitate decision making in Lebanon where freshwater is becoming a scarce natural resource. Improved water management generates social, environmental and economic benefits and is essential to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the end of the workshop the trainees received the certificates by the representatives of the Foundation, UNESCO Beirut Office, FAO Beirut and the WWAP.

WWAP Secretariat will continue to solicit the support of with the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation to organize similar training events in the Arab Region where water scarcity presents a challenge to sustainable socio-economic development.




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