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History

 

Green Line was founded in 1991, when a group of professionals from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and their friends decided to translate their concern about the post-war devastated cultural, human and natural environment into an organized action with the following objectives:

  • Expose environmental threats
  • Popularize environmental awareness
  • Contribute towards a scientific framework for a sustainable environmental management policy.

These are the main achievements of Green Line over the years :

1991:

  • 10 inspired students and professors got an official registration on June 17th 1991 for
  • GREEN LINE: A SCIENTIFIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION

1992:

Fashion show of Traditional dresses in front of the College Hall (revenues of the event were later donated for the reconstruction of the College Hall)

  • Campaign for traditional fishing harbors. Demonstration in the boats with the fishermen of Ayn el Mraysseh harbor

1993:

1994:

  • Preparation of the first study on the Toxic waste in Lebanon , lobbying and campaigning : pdf file : Waste case study – 1994
  • Orchestration of the first Green Peace visit to Lebanon . (The Flagship “Rainbow warrior” docks at Beirut harbor).
  • Starting the Quarries Campaigns
  • Participation in the parliamentary environment committee meetings for the toxic waste issue.

1995

  • Starting the Quarries Campaigns
  • Participation in the parliamentary environment committee meetings for the toxic waste issue.

1996

Green Line moves from AUB office to Spears 174 – Yamout Building 6

  • Organization and staging of National Conference on the Preservation of the Lebanese Coast
  • Launching the “Integrated Crop Management” campaign (project with the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives)
  • Preparation of the Farmers’ manual on Pesticide use and safety

1997

  • Green Line becomes a Novib partner
  • National conference “Role of NGOs in the conservation of Biodiversity”
  • National conference on “Integrated Pest Management”
  • Preparation of a comprehensive review of the coastal management in Lebanon : The Lebanese Littoral what is his fate? (Proceedings of the 1996 conference)
  • Launching of the School Garden Project

1998

1999

  • Starting the “Campaign for More Green Areas in Beirut ”
  • Developing a scientific brochure to inform the public and municipalities of the infestation of pine forests by the processionary moth and of realistic control measures.Campaigning with Byblos Ecologia demonstration against the transformation of the public sandy beach to a private Marina and resort. Project was aborted

2000

  • Demonstration against bird hunting , extension of the hunting ban
  • Launching the EcoFiction by Lebanese Children at UNESCO Palace
  • Green Line conducts First Biodiversity Assessment study in the liberated South – Rihane
  • Green Line and the Mediterranean SOS Network (MEDSOS) cooperate in the framework of a project developed for the Greek Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works under the aegis of the program for Bilateral Development Cooperation and Aid for the Environment (Development Assistance Committee DAC 2000-2001): Promotion of Sustainable costal Management in Lebanon

 

2001

    • Workshop on Quarries “ Economic Necessity or Environmental Threat”
    • Preparation of the Biodiversity Assessment of the Yammouneh Reserve
    • Collaborating with the parliamentary committee on a decree proposal of air pollution caused by land transport
    • Establishment of Biocoop Lubnan , cooperative for organic farmers in Lebanon
    • Green Line and MEDSOS organize a photo exhibition introducing photos taken by international photographs on Water, Land, Coast, Inhabitants, Threats and Coexistence.
    • Green Line collaborates with Greenpeace on “the right to know” campaign (Right of the public to know about the industrial pollution of the Lebanese coast).
    • Colloquium to inform the public about the achievements of the Sustainable Management of the Lebanese Coast – DAC project: Documentary about the current status of the Lebanese coast and 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 ”.
    • Second national workshop: Organic Agriculture in the Middle East and the Side Effects of Chemical Fertilizers and Synthetic Pesticides
    • The first intern, Kate, a nutrition student at Tufts University – Boston joins Green Line in the summer period.
    • Green Line celebrates its 10th anniversary

2002

  • Starting the School Nutrition project
  • Implementation of a School Nurseries project in collaboration with GTZ and MECTAT
  • Launching the “Sustainable Land Transport” campaign
  • Preparation of a “National Land Transport Strategy Options for Lebanon ” report
  • Cooperation agreement between GTZ and Green Line to rehabilitate 10 hectares of forests in Kfarhouneh 14 – Caza of Jezzine in South Lebanon.
  • Approval from GTZ for a 2-year project on the Promotion of Organic Agriculture.
  • Green Line becomes partner with the Heinrich Boell Foundation
  • Green Line starts an awareness campaign to inform the public about the fate of the last public beach of Beirut – Ramlet El Baida
  • Environmental day for the protection of Ramlet El Baida’s coast (September 22)
  • Green Line receives accreditation for the World Summit for Sustainable Development ( Rio +10) and is represented by two of its members in Johannesburg

2003

  • Organization of a three-day capacity building workshop on the Basic Approaches and Methods in Project Planning
  • The awareness campaign on the Lebanese Coast reaches a partial success when it was announced that the beach at Ramlet El-Baida will be open for the public, after being rehabilitated and equipped properly for the public. This is a partial success because the public beach is still built on a private land based on a special arrangement with the owning company, thus not making it a permanent public beach
  • Organization of a capacity building workshop on Eco-tourism planning and management practices
  • Starting the “Sea Turtles Conservation” project
  • Starting the “Solid Waste Management” campaign
  • Green Line hosts a Euro-Med exchange program entitled “The Forest in the Euro-Mediterranean Space: Lebanon Land of the Cedars”.  Forty five International participants from 9 countries: France , Spain , Italy , Germany , Greece , Tunisia , Egypt , Jordan attends this conference, in addition to the hosting country Lebanon (September 1-8).
  • A question-and-answer session, organized by Green Line, the World Health Organization and the Lebanese Ministry of Health, was held to mark the World Health Day. Elementary and intermediate school students, aged from 8 to 12, filled the 128 seats of the Parliament and asked the Ministers environmental questions with the following themes: water pollution, air pollution, industrial wastes, green areas, public beaches and safe food.
  • Green Line submits to the German Embassy a proposal for strengthening the production capacity of the Women’s rural provision cooperative in Arsaal and funds are provided to the cooperative.
  • Training of Local Inspectors for organic farming: Twelve agricultural engineers representing the major active stakeholders were trained on the practical and theoretical inspection applications of the EC Regulation 2092/91 and its amendments ( July 8-16, 2003 )
  • Training course on quality management for certifying bodies: Four inspectors were trained, at GfRS Resource Protection Ltd. Offices in Goettingen , Germany , on quality management/assurance practices and procedures (ISO 65) and on evaluation of inspection reports ( December 3-10, 2003 )

2004

  • Starting the “Towards a sustainable mechanism for forest fires fighting in Lebanon ” project in collaboration with the Association for Forest Development and Conservation (AFDC) and Arz El Chouf
  • Finalization of a TV Documentary on Sea Turtles “Last Call for Sea Turtles”
  • Green Line collaborates with the Lebanese Standards Institution the and establishes the National Standards for Organic Production
  • Initiation of a school campaign to promote eco-tourism
  • A training of trainers workshop on the School Garden approach is presented to members of the Association of Rural Development in Arsaal (ARDA) which will in turn train the teachers and members of the parental committee of Arsaali schools ( March 27-28, 2004 )
  • Finalization of a documentary on the Lebanese transport
  • Training course on “Gathering and analyzing Information on forest fire by the utilization of GIS and GPS” at the AFDC center (May 6-7)
  • Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop for teachers, administrative staffs and parents on the School Nutrition concept (February 20-22)
  • Installation of bicycle stands on the main entrances of three university campuses
  • Organization of a Photo Competition on Sustainable Transport and the Pollution Caused by the Transport Sector
  • Organization of a workshop for Launching the Regulatory Framework for Organic Farming in Lebanon at the Orders of Engineers and Architects (June 25, 2004)
  • Screening of a 12-minute documentary on sea turtles (e.g., from egg laying to hatching, habitat, conservation needs, civic responsibilities) at the UNESCO Palace ( July 12, 2004 )

2005

  • Environmental NGOs stop illegal sand extraction in Jiyyeh and Nahr El Kalb. The “Central Inspection” issued two decisions (Decision number 472/2005 and Decision number 353/2005) showing that illegal sand extraction activities were undergone in both Jiyyeh and Nahr El Kalb and transferred this file to the State Attorney.
  • Awareness material (leaflet and fact sheets) and 5 seminars on the impacts of free trade agreements and GMOs on agriculture and food sovereignty were produced and organized targeting mainly farmers, NGOs and students.
  • Educational material (Agenda and interactive CD) in addition to a 3-day “Nutritional Awareness for Youth” workshop targeting students from public schools were organized by the Circle of Health committee.
  • In collaboration with YASA, a press conference on the problems encountered by the land transport sector and possible solutions was held on 21 September 2005 at the Journalists Syndicate.
  • A 15-minute documentary “Nature in a Trip” tackling the status of eco-tourism in Lebanon and the problems that intersects it was produced and launched in February 2005.
  • Finalization in April 2005 of the Towards a Sustainable Mechanism for Forest Fires Fighting in Lebanon project.
  • Finalization in February 2005 of the Promotion of Organic farming project.
  • The “ Sea Turtles, Last Call ” documentary produced by Green Line in 2004 won the First Prize in the Fourth International Festival for Environmental Documentaries that was held the 14th of February 2005 in Tunis.

2006

  • In January 2006, based on efforts from the coalition against illegal sandextraction, a ministerial decree was issued by the Minister of Transport and Public Works that states that “No permit or license will be issued for cleaning/deepening of any port from any shore without undertaking an environmental impact assessment (EIA) and thus obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Environment (MoE)” and that “Extracted sand is not to be sold, but returned to the shoreline” especially sand-scarce shores.
  • Green Line initiated the “Status and Potentials of Renewable Energies in Lebanon and the Region” project
  • national workshop on energy, renewable energy and climate changewas organized by Green Line Association on the 3rd of June 2006. The objectives of the workshop were to update the information among the attendants on the issues of renewable energy and climate change and to come up with a set of recommendations that would outline a future work plan on the issues of renewable energy and climate change.
  • 12 July 2006 – Israeli aggressions on Lebanon started!
    Green Line in collaboration with many civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (Relief Center in Sanayeh) organized, supported and coordinated relief work for 15,000 displaced persons gathered in 38 schools in Beirut after having fled from Southern Lebanon and the southern suburbs of Beirut.
  • Green Line in collaboration with Lebanese NGOs organized several demonstrations condemning the Israeli attacks on Lebanon:
  • 20 July 2006 – Demonstration from the United Nations headquarters to the European Union headquarter in Beirut. A memo was presented to each of the organizations highlighting the magnitude of the crisis and demanding immediate ceasefire
  • 22 July 2006 – “Innocence vs. Brutality”: Demonstration to mourn and remember the martyred children next to the martyr’s memorial
  • 26 July 2006 – “US tax dollars at work”: Demonstration to condemn the United States government’s financial and logistical support of the Israeli military attacks.
    6 August 2006 – Press conference at Ramel el Zarif school to discuss the government’s negligence in Relief Work.
  • 9 August 2006 – A memorial, composed of 400 tomb stones, for the victims of the Israeli war on Lebanon was set up near Martyrs Square. The area welcomed a candle light vigil every evening with soft live music in the background. Families of the martyrs visited the site, wrote the names of their lost loved ones on the tomb stones, lit candles and put flowers.
  • 13 and 15 July 2006 – Israeli forces bombed Jiyeh power plant, located along the coastline, 30 km South of Beirut, causing major oil spill in the Mediterranean Sea (15,000 tons of heavy fuel-oil)
  • 17 July 2006 – Green Line Association volunteers and a number of environmental activists formed an oil spill working group and started the assessment operations and documentation of the damage covering the Lebanese coast from Beirut northwards.
  •  27 July 2006 – Press Release by Green Line: War in Lebanon Brings About the Biggest Environmental Catastrophe in the History of the Country 15,000 ton Oil Spill from Jiyyeh Power Plant Hits Most of the Lebanese Coast
  • 11 August 2006, clean up operations started.
  • 11-25 August 2006 – Rick Steiner, Professor at the University of Alaska and member of the Commission of Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) conducted the Preliminary Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)within a Agreement between Green Line and IUCN (Secretariat and CEESP). This assessment was the basis for the work conducted later by the experts that came to Lebanon to support in the Oil Spill work.  ( Download pdf file : lebanon_oil_spill_rapid_assessment_and_response_mission
  • 18 August 2006 – Press conference: Israeli Army refuses to allow oil spill aerial survey flight off Lebanon
  • 23 August 2006- Press conference: International Expert Concludes Rapid Assessment of Lebanon Oil Spill – Extensive injury, requires serious response and in depth damage assessment
  • Green Line initiated the development of a scientific report with support from local and international experts on the use of “banned weapons” by the Israeli forces during the Israeli aggressions on Lebanon

2007

  • Green Line organized a regional meeting on the “Status and Potentials of Renewable Energy Technologies in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Jordan” from 9-10 February 2007 in Beirut with the active participation of representatives of NGOs/CSOs from the above-mentioned countries, Iran and Morocco. The meeting was basically designed to share information and ideas between the participant organizations on the status of renewable energy in their countries and discuss, as focal organizations, the potentials for a practical cooperation among them that will lead to the promotion of this energy technology.
  • Green Line Association initiated a project entitled “Promoting Renewable Energies in
    Lebanon: A Model Village in Reconstruction and Development Process” with the support of the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Middle East Office
  • Green Line finalized a Desk Study on the Status and Potentials of Renewable Energy Technologies in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan and Palestine. Download pdf file : Renewable energy study