Green Line always believed that the coast is for the Lebanese and not for part of them, hence it raised the issue of coastal management since its establishment in 1991, where suction of the sand from Tyre beach was started.
In 1999, the Greek ministry of environment announced the initiation of a new program in which it funds common projects between developing countries and Greek NGO’s. During a workshop in Greece in 1999, the possibility of cooperation between GL and MEDSOS was discussed. There were many ideas but finally it was agreed to benefit of the Greek expertise in coastal management. The DAC project, a collaboration with the Greek network MEDSOS, started in 2001.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
- To promote sustainable coastal management in Lebanon
- To prepare a code of good practices of the coast
- To prepare a study about the Lebanese coast and writing further proposals to develop the project
- To prepare educational material for schools
- To organize awareness campaigns on the coast during the summer
- To host an environmental photo exhibition as part of the awareness campaign
- Organization of a campaign to stop sand succion in Tyre in 1991
- Green Line was on the directing board of the National Forum for the Lebanese coast
- Organization of a workshop to highlight the threats of the coast
- Participation in a sit in front of the parliament in 1997 to stop passing a law aiming at privatizing the coast
- Broadcast of a TV spot as part of its awareness campaign
- Host an environmental photo exhibition as part of the awareness campaign
- Participation in a sit-in to stop privatizing a small beach in Byblos area in 2000
- Production of a documentary on the current status of the Lebanese coast
- Compilation of a report on the current status of the Lebanese coast with a suggestive “Code of Good Practice for the sustainable Management of the Lebanese Coast “.
- Production of an Arabic brochure: THE MEDITERRANEAN: SOURCE OF LIFE AND CIVILIZATION which was distributed to students that visited the Photo Exhibition: “ Mediterranean : Our Common Home” that was held in 1999 by Green Line and Mediterranean SOS.
- Production of an Arabic leaflet which was also distributed in schools: “The Coast Conservation Is Your Duty”.