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External Communication

History:

Green Line caries a multitude of actions and campaigns. The Communication Committee works on presenting these campaigns to the Public Opinion through the participation in fairs, exhibits and festivals all around Lebanon.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES:

  • To promote the activities and campaigns of Green Line
  • To attract potential new members for the different working committees of Green Line

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Networking:

  • Green Line coordinates with several NGOs at the National and International level in order to join forces and reach a common goal.
  • - Solid Waste Management
    Green Line was coordinating and lobbying with more than 70 NGOs against the governmental decision to solve the solid waste problem by creating more landfills. This coalition, which includes environmental activists and other civil society representatives, believes that the government should develop and implement a National Strategy for waste management based on reduction, re-use, recycling and composting of household waste.

- War on Iraq
A peace rally was organized by several NGOs/CSOs, including Green Line, against the US led war against Iraq . More than 60 NGOs and community groups were invited to take part in this event to deplore growing actions to wage an unnecessary war on Iraq . The march started from the Central Museum and proceeded towards the UN House in Central Beirut .

Capacity Building and Technical Assistance:

  • Green Line members are always informed of all invitations regarding the meetings, conferences, workshops and trainings that reach Green Line offices. Hence, members are regularly attending meetings on behalf of Green Line as a way to train them and empower them.
  • In the civil rights and environmental movement, members attended several meetings including:
    - A conference on Pollution and Health organized by the Lebanese Ministry of Environment,
    - A workshop, organized by the Environmental club of Beirut Arabic University, regarding the National Strategy to manage the Solid Waste in Lebanon,
    - The opening ceremony and round table of the International day for the Eradication of Poverty (World Bank and ESCWA),
  • In the area of management of natural resources, Green Line was actively involved through the participation of:
    - The launching ceremony of the National Action Program of the UNCCD,
    - The FAO and Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture conference on Forest and Tree resources assessment
    - The World Bank / METAP training on the Cost of Environmental Degradation
    - The CoP 6 of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
    - The Second Regional conference on water demand management and pollution control by ESCWA
    - The conference on Eco-Tourism and Sustainable Desert Eco-tourism organized by the Egyptian Youth Association for Environment and Development
  • In organic farming and nutrition sector, members participated in the following:
    - The Stanford Research Institute (SRI) National workshop on Potential Markets for the Lebanese Organic Production with a presentation about the legal aspects and certification procedures,
    - The SRI workshop on Potential export markets for Lebanese Herbs and Spices
    - The Cooperation against Hunger exhibition organized by Abde Agricultural School
    - The MedSOS meeting “Youth Speak Out: Time to be a Critical Consumer”

Green Line members were also involved in:
- Giving awareness lectures about air pollution to secondary students of public and private schools, in addition to University students and Scouts.
- Attending a teach-in on Project Cycle Management
- Participating in several exhibits and public fairs (University of Saint-Joseph, the Cortbawi Institute, and the Arabic University) aiming at promoting Green Line and attracting new members.

Internships
Guerra Avalos, Blazquez Cabrera, Gorria Serrano, Natalia Hoteit Salas, and Iglesias Bayo, five students in the field of Forestry Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, spent one month in Lebanon from July 12 till August 10, 2003. The 5 trainees were mainly trained by two Green Line members (Natural resources and GIS experts) on forest monitoring and conservation. The trainees divided their time between research and 2 weeks of field work in Al-Shouf Cedar Reserve accompanied by members of the Shouf Cedars Association.

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