Considered as a hotspot for biodiversity in the Mediterranean Basin, Lebanon is currently witnessing anarchic urbanization and unprecedented destruction of its natural habitats. Unregulated urbanization is also compounded by the surge in Lebanon’s population due to the unabated influx of Syrian refugees since 2012. This work aims to define Important Plant Areas (IPAs) with exceptional botanical richness. These IPAs should constitute the priority zones for conservation, contributing to the fulfillment of national targets in the framework of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
This compilation of case studies is the product of water integrity action plans developed and enforced during implementation of the Regional Capacity Building Programme on Water Integrity for the MENA region.
Three major international agendas concern building resilience to climate change, achieving sustainable development in marginal dryland environments and responding to humanitarian crises. These agendas often compete with each other for support and attention.
This Synthesis Report provides an overview of the main water integrity risks in Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Morocco and Palestine. It also identifies the capacity gaps that must be addressed to reduce these risks.