Marine litter is quickly becoming one of the main pollution sources of the Mediterranean Sea, with negative consequences for living marine organisms, marine ecosystems, human health and coastal activities, including tourism and fisheries. Combating the issue of marine litter requires a global effort

Smart Adaptation of Forest Landscapes in Mountain Areas project

The “Smart Adaptation of Forest Landscapes in Mountain Areas (SALMA)” is a five year project implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Lebanon starting December 2016, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Environment. The project is funded by

Image of a fish in Lebanese sea waters

The “Deep-Sea Lebanon project" is funded by MAVA Foundation and lead by OCEANA in cooperation with IUCN and UNEP/MAP-SPA/RAC as executing partners; the Lebanese Ministry of Environment as key member of the Steering Committee; and ACCOBAMS, GFCM and CNRS-L as Supportive Partners.  The project

Photo of divers doing marine biodiversity monitoring of the seabed using quadrats

The Ministry of Environment (MoE) in Lebanon, with the support of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an executing agency and key stakeholders, seeks to conserve and protect marine and coastal biodiversity through policy and legal reforms, enhanced stakeholder

The West Asia region is the junction between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It is a main shipping commercial route between Asia and Europe. Marine biodiversity is particularly rich, with some 1,200 species of fish and 330 species of corals recorded from the Red Sea and the Gulf and more

The migratory Soaring Birds Project banner

The MSB regional project aims to ensure the preservation of globally threatened bird species into key productive sectors along the Rift Valley/ Red Sea Flyway. The project spanned over a period of 5 years from June 01, 2008 until December 31, 2014. The overall project goal is to ensure that globally

Fisheries and Ecosystem Based Management for the Blue Economy of the Mediterranean (FishEBM MED)

A move to more resilient, productive and sustainable fisheries entails an increased focus on the development of value chains, controls (including IUU), integrated management plans (fisheries integrating into the environment agenda) and other tangible measures that have the potential to mobilize both


The Lebanese Environment and Development Observatory (LEDO) is one of a group of Observatories launched along the Mediterranean countries by an initiative of the Blue Plan office. The LEDO like several others is funded by the European Commission Life-Third Countries programme executed by the

Picture of Lebanese rocky coast

Marine protected areas (MPAs) have gained world recognition as effective tools to protect the marine environment, and are much in favor in the Mediterranean, where about a hundred of them have been declared during the recent decades to grant special protection to sites perceived to contain the most