Setting the ground to Water Reuse Policies and Projects in Lebanon
Increasing water shortages in Lebanon has made informal water reuse become a common practice. In the dry summer months, reusing treated (or untreated) wastewater has helped farmers compensate for their irrigation needs and alleviate pressure on freshwater.
A Comprehensive Assessment on Water Reuse Potential in Irrigation in Lebanon
Water scarcity and pollution are major threats for human development in the Middle East, and Lebanon is no exception. Wastewater treatment and its reuse in agriculture can contribute to addressing the increasing water crisis in the region. But, what is the actual potential of water reuse as a solution for agriculture in Lebanon?
One of the focus groups at the first National Learning Alliance, October 2019
Water solutions in Lebanon: who and what is standing in the way?
Lebanon is experiencing several crises: political, economic, and financial, and the water sector is also paying the price. The country, located at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arab hinterland, is found in one of the most vulnerable places in the world to climate change, but it is human interference that plays the bigger part in water systems’ degradation.
Discussing the findings of the report "Analysis of Water Reuse Potential for Irrigation in Lebanon" at the 2nd National Learning Alliance (NLA) in Lebanon
On June 14th, 2021, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), organized the 2nd ‘National Learning Alliance’ (NLA) in Lebanon in the framework of the ReWater MENA project. The meeting was organized by IWMI MENA regional office and took place online, gathering a large group of key stakeholders from the water, wastewater, and irrigation sectors in Lebanon.
ReWater MENA organizes workshop on the Safe Use of Wastewater in Lebanon
The workshop aims to build and strengthen the capacities of different stakeholders and participants from Lebanon in the field of safe use of wastewater, building on four training modules. The modules include: Stakeholders’ acceptance and gender integration in reuse interventions, assessing the Economic Feasibility for Integrated Wastewater Reuse (WWR) Projects: From Formulation to Reporting, Governance and Reuse Safety Plans, and Water Reuse Technologies.
ReWater MENA launches survey to assess the feasibility of implementing water reuse systems in Zahleh and Ablah
On Monday 15 February 2021, a meeting was held at the premises of the Bekaa Water Establishment (Zahleh) to launch the survey that will be conducted with farmers in the framework of the Water Reuse Local Studies conducted by ReWater MENA and its partners in Lebanon.
Lisode facilitator discussing with one of the working groups. Audrey Barbe/Lisode
ReWater MENA project holds its first Lebanese National Learning Alliance
On Thursday 3rd of October (2019), the ReWater MENA project invited a diverse group of approximately 35 stakeholders to join the project’s first National Learning Alliance (NLA). The NLA took place at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI) in Fanar-Lebanon where the group of participants had the opportunity to discuss and share ideas around to the potential of using recycled water in agriculture in Lebanon.
LARI’s three main plots irrigated from the three different water sources (photo by Javier Mateo-Sagasta)
ReWater MENA project kicks off water reuse field trials in Lebanon: Results will inform the formulation of reuse norms and demonstrate the effectiveness of on-farm practices for safe water reuse
In July 2019, the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), a key partner of the ReWater MENA project in Lebanon, kicked off a two year-field trial in the Bekaa valley. Established at LARI’s Tel Amara station in central Bekaa, on the right bank of the Litani River, this pilot will serve to assess the health and environmental risks associated with irrigating fresh vegetables from different water sources of varying quality.
IWMI’s ReWater MENA project is working with local partners to build skills and launch participatory processes.
Examining Participatory Approaches to Water Reuse: Lebanese Experts Gear Up for Process Design at ReWater Event
With public participation seen as key to long-term results, IWMI’s ReWater MENA project is working with local partners to build skills and launch participatory processes. The SIDA funded- project in Lebanon recently facilitated a three-day training on «Public Participation» at the Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), from 27 to 29 May 2019. The facilitators, LISODE, are a French enterprise that guides the participatory processes in the project and ensures all project’s national and local activities are being implemented in a participatory way. Processes are aimed at involving and engaging all stakeholders in research and decision-making steps, starting from the national institutions to the end-users.