Agriculture & Environment Program

Watchdog Program

The project entitled “Environmental Watchdogs for Environmental Protection” is developed to assist the Ministry of Environment (MoE) in monitoring the protected areas and natural sites in Lebanon, in addition to controlling pollution sources through inspection visits to licensed quarries, industries, healthcare facilities and other developmental projects. The project is being implemented by the YMCA in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) through the “Institutional Strengthening to the Ministry of Environment” project. 

 

The “Institutional Strengthening to the Ministry of Environment” (IS MoE) project aims to strengthen the capacity of the MoE in planning and programming for sustainable development, and environmental capacity development.  A major challenge facing sustainable development in Lebanon is the weak environmental inspection and enforcement system. The Environmental Watchdog program was initiated to help to tackle these challenges.  Each year the program has evolved to focus on protecting different sectors of the environment according to the needs of the Ministry, including:

 

March 2013 - Dec 2013: “Environmental Watchdogs for Protecting Ecosystems” protecting areas & natural sites in Lebanon, and auditing hunting exams

 

January 2014 – March 2015: controlling pollution sources through inspection visits to quarries & crushers, industries, healthcare facilities, & newly proposed development projects in addition to the previous 

 

April 2015 - Present: “Environmental Watchdogs for Environmental Protection” allowed the YMCA to further assist the MoE in protecting ecosystems & controlling pollution through regular visits to nature reserves, natural sites, hunting clubs, hospitals, and quarries

 

Today we are working with the ministry to address on demand environmental complaints, including wastewater flooding, solid waste dumps, CDW dumps, generators, tree cutting, air pollution, farms, and cattle being raised between houses.