Status on Key Actions

PoWPA Key Action Implementation Progress Global Average
1.1: To establish and strengthen national and regional systems of protected areas integrated into a global network as a contribution to globally agreed goals 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.2: To integrate protected areas into broader land- and seascapes and sectors so as to maintain ecological structure and function 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
1.3: To establish and strengthen regional networks, transboundary protected areas (TBPAs) and collaboration between neighbouring protected areas across national boundaries 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
1.4: To substantially improve site-based protected area planning and management 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
1.5: To prevent and mitigate the negative impacts of key threats to protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
2.1: To promote equity and benefit-sharing 1 - Just started, limited progress 1
2.2: To enhance and secure involvement of indigenous and local communities and relevant stakeholders 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
2.1: Progress in assessing protected area governance 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.1: To provide an enabling policy, institutional and socio-economic environment for protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.1: Progress in assessing the contribution of protected areas to local and national economies 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.2: To build capacity for the planning, establishment and management of protected areas 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
3.3: To develop, apply and transfer appropriate technologies for protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.4: To ensure financial sustainability of protected areas and national and regional systems of protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1
3.5: To strengthen communication, education and public awareness 3 - Significant progress, nearly complete 2
4.1: To develop and adopt minimum standards and best practices for national and regional protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.2: To evaluate and improve the effectiveness of protected areas management 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.3: To assess and monitor protected area status and trends 2 - Activity fully underway 1
4.4: To ensure that scientific knowledge contributes to the establishment and effectiveness of protected areas and protected area systems 2 - Activity fully underway 1
Progress in incorporating climate change aspects into protected areas 0 - Not yet begun, no progress 1
Progress in marine protected areas 2 - Activity fully underway 1

Priority Actions

2012 - 2020

Establishment of a network of Marine protected Areas
2012 - 2020
2012 - 2020 1.1) Identification of potential MPAs
2013 1.2) Execution of Biodiversity field surveys
2013 1.3) Finalization of administrative and legal procedures for the establishment of new MPAs
2014 1.4) Establishment of new MPAs through legislations
Ensuring Financial sustainability of Protected Areas
2012 - 2020 $20,000
2013 2.1) Restructuring the PA Financial Model (through legalization of their status)
2012 - 2020 2.2) Explore Alternative Funding Mechanisms
2014 $20,000 2.3) Apply Economic Models for the Valuation of Environmental Services
2014 2.4) Diversify Sources of Funding for Protected Areas Management
Adopting diverse protected areas governance type
2012 - 2020 $35,000
2012 3.1) Issuance of a draft framework law on protected areas which regulates the establishment of protected areas on private lands
2012 - 2020 3.2) Propose a revised PA Category System for Lebanon
2013 3.3) Endorse the revised PA Category System including community conservation areas
2014 $15,000 3.4) Begin the process of reclassifying existing PAs based on new Category System
2015 $20,000 3.5) Recommend new areas and classify those areas based on the new Category System
Effective management of protected areas
2012 - 2020 $318,000
2015 $200,000 4.1) Delineate and demarcate PA boundaries
2012 - 2020 4.2) Update existing procedures and design new policies and procedures for effective PA management and operation
2012 - 2020 4.3) Develop book of specifications for the Protected Areas Management Information System
2013 $8,000 4.4) Contract Software Engineer to develop the Protected Areas Management Information System (PAMIs)
2014 $5,000 4.5) Install PAMIS software where needed, train PA staff on how to use it and provide troubleshooting
2013 $50,000 4.6) Prepare management plans for Protected Areas that do not have a plan and update existing ones
2015 $30,000 4.7) Prepare business plans for protected areas that do not have a plan and update and monitor existing business plans
2015 $25,000 4.8) Assess the performance of protected areas & take action

GEF Projects

Lebanon is a member of a constituency comprised of the following 7 countries : Afghanistan, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria, and Yemen
Name Focus Approved On Completed On Status Grant Cofinance
Demonstrating and Promoting Best Techniques and Practices for Reducing Health-care Waste to Avoid Environmental Releases of Dioxins and Mercury POPs 2006-08-01 IA Approved 11,051,403 USD 13,544,437 USD
MED Integration of Climatic Variability and Change into National Strategies to Implement the ICZM Protocol in the Mediterranean International Waters 2009-11-12 CEO Endorsed 2,454,545 USD 7,000,000 USD
World Bank-GEF Investment Fund for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Partnership, Tranche 1, 1st Allocation Multi Focal Area 2006-08-28 Council Approved 0 USD 90,000,000 USD
Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem-Regional Component: Implementation of Agreed Actions for the Protection of the Environmental Resources of the Mediterranean Sea and Its Coastal Areas Multi Focal Area 2007-06-14 Under Implementation 13,591,000 USD 29,607,200 USD
Mainstreaming Conservation of Migratory Soaring Birds into Key Productive Sectors along the Rift Valley/Red Sea Flyway (Tranches 1 and 2) Biodiversity 2005-11-10 Under Implementation 10,243,243 USD 15,596,732 USD
Conservation of Wetland and Coastal Ecosystems in the Mediterranean Region Biodiversity 1997-05-01 2006-02-28 Project Completion 13,435,445 USD 26,320,000 USD
Biodiversity Country Studies - Phase I Biodiversity 1992-03-01 1995-02-01 Project Closure 5,000,000 USD 801,000 USD
Climate Change Enabling Activity (Additional Financing for Capacity Building in Priority Areas) Climate Change 2001-01-12 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 0
Revision/Updating of the NBSAP, Preparation of 5th National Report to CBD and Undertaking Clearing House Mechanism Activities Biodiversity 2012-04-16 CEO Approved 180,000 USD 220,000 USD
National Capacity Needs Self-Assessment for Global Environmental Management Multi Focal Area 2003-04-23 2009-11-12 Project Completion 200,000 USD 50,000 USD
Barrier Removal for Cross Sectoral Energy Efficiency Climate Change 1999-05-07 2010-12-31 Project Completion 3,400,000 USD 2,000,000 USD
Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan and Report to the CBD Biodiversity 1997-02-27 IA Approved 145,000 USD 0
MED Sustainable Governance and Knowledge Generation International Waters 2009-06-24 CEO Endorsed 3,100,000 USD 6,600,000 USD
World Bank-GEF Investment Fund for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Partnership, Tranche 1, 2nd Installment International Waters 2007-06-14 Council Approved 5,450,000 USD 45,000,000 USD
Regional Coordination on Improved Water Resources Management and Capacity Building Horizontal Adaptable Programmatic Programme (H-APL)(TA) International Waters 2009-06-24 CEO Endorsed 5,644,545 USD 82,035,000 USD
MED Mediterranean Environmental Sustainable Development Program "Sustainable MED" International Waters 2009-06-24 Council Endorsed 0 USD 0
Determination of Priority Actions for the Further Elaboration and Implementation of the Strategic Action Programme for the Mediterranean Sea International Waters 1998-03-30 2006-06-30 Project Closure 6,290,000 USD 4,185,000 USD
Development of National Implementation Plans for the Management of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) POPs 2001-05-11 2009-12-01 Project Closure 6,185,000 USD 3,130,000 USD
Conservation and Sustainable Use of Dryland Agro-Biodiversity of the Fertile Crescent Biodiversity 1997-11-01 2005-06-30 Project Completion 8,232,000 USD 10,293,000 USD
Capacity Building for the Adoption and Application of Energy Codes for Buildings Climate Change 1999-12-01 2005-09-01 Project Closure 994,000 USD 255,000 USD
Clearing House Mechanism Enabling Activity Biodiversity 1998-07-02 CEO Approved 9,500 USD 0
Assessment of Capacity Building Needs and Country Specific Priorities in Biodiversity (add on) Biodiversity 2001-06-20 CEO Approved 100,000 USD 45,000 USD
PCB Management Project POPs 2010-06-08 PPG Approved 2,608,900 USD 5,071,500 USD
Small Decentralized Renewable Energy Power Generation Climate Change 2012-02-29 Council Approved 1,500,000 USD 9,725,000 USD
SFM Safeguarding and Restoring Lebanon's Woodland Resources Land Degradation 2007-10-05 Under Implementation 980,000 USD 1,275,000 USD
Integrated Management of Cedar Forests in Lebanon in Cooperation with other Mediterranean Countries Biodiversity 2003-01-14 2007-09-01 Project Closure 555,500 USD 656,700 USD
Building Capacity for GHG Inventory and Action Plans in Response to UNFCCC Communications Obligations Climate Change 1995-10-01 IA Approved 292,600 USD 0
Strengthening of National Capacity and Grassroots In-Situ Conservation for Sustainable Biodiversity Protection Biodiversity 1995-05-01 2004-11-01 Project Closure 2,529,000 USD 762,600 USD

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  • United Nations Environment Programme