Projects Database / Environmental Resources Monitoring in Lebanon
In response to the conflict of July-August 2006 and the subsequent oil slick on Lebanese shores, the Government of Greece allocated 1.64 million USD for the implementation of an environmental monitoring project in Lebanon, to be administered by UNEP. UNDP Lebanon was approached to implement a portion of this grant, in the amount of 706,200 USD.
The objective of the current project is to improve the understanding of the environmental quality in Lebanon and its implications for the population through the implementation of environmental monitoring programmes.
Achievements & Expected Results
UNDP will be responsible for the monitoring of air quality in major urban cities and hotspots, and the identification of reduction opportunities.
This component will involve the initiation of an air quality programme that will be in accordance with the proposed Lebanon Clean Air Act. The work will build capacity amongst government agencies and key stakeholder’s (e.g. major industrial installations) in terms of air quality monitoring. Moreover, the component will provide an initial feedback to decision makers on the state of air quality in urban areas and increase awareness of the general public in terms of ambient air through air quality display boards and a website. It will also provide the collated data to develop policy recommendations with the aim of reducing air pollution in the urban areas.
Key targets of the project will include:
- the development of specifications of air quality monitoring equipment
- the procurement and delivery of this equipment
- the delivery of capacity building workshops in order to operate and maintain the equipment