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Project Name:Lebanon Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Assessment
Description:Under the “Prosperity, Livelihoods and Conserving Ecosystems” Indefinite Quantity Contract (PLACE-IQC), ECODIT assisted USAID/Lebanon in preparing the Lebanon Forest and Biodiversity Conservation Assessment in support of the Mission’s Country Assistance Strategy for the period 2009-2013.

ECODIT identified critical environmental policy and program needs, formulated a range of environmental activities that USAID/Lebanon could undertake, and analyzed the opportunities and challenges offered by each of them. ECODIT reviewed the status of forests and biodiversity in Lebanon and examined the principal threats to their conservation. ECODIT identified the actions necessary to achieve conservation and sustainable management of forests and biodiversity in Lebanon and assessed the extent to which USAID/Lebanon activities meet those needs.

Work included (1) reviewing the most recent literature on biodiversity and relevant reports (e.g., hunting law, National Land Use Master Plan, draft reforestation strategy, Fourth National Report to the Convention on Biological Diversity); (2) holding meetings with key stakeholders including non-governmental organizations (Association for Forest Development and Conservation, Mada, YMCA, CHF, MercyCorps), donor agencies (AFD, GTZ, Lebanon Civic Initiative, UNDP-GEF), as well as with a selection of government officials from relevant ministries (Environment, Agriculture, Urban Planning) to obtain early input and feedback on opportunities and risks offered by various activities; and (3) compiled and analyzed geographic data to produce new base maps showing Lebanon’s heritage and conservation hotpots, and sources of pressure. ECODIT also provided assistance to USAID in evaluating the compliance of the USAID/Lebanon program with Sections 118 (Tropical Forests) and 119 (Endangered Species) of the Foreign Assistance Act.
Client:US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Period:Sep 2009 - Oct 2009
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