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FAO Provides Wastewater & Water Solutions

The predicted effects of climate change in the Region alongside the increasing demand for domestic, industrial and agricultural water uses,

are urging the Lebanese Government to develop new strategies and policies to enhance the efficiency of water distribution and avoid losses.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in collaboration with the Italian Cooperation, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Water and Energy is developing several projects to tackle water scarcity in order to guarantee the improvement in food security and the eradication of poverty. In this concern the following projects have been launched:

 

"Re-use of Treated Effluent and Sludge at Iaat Wastewater Treatment Plant project".

On July 2009, the Council of Development and Reconstruction (CDR), upon a recommendation from the World Bank, signed an official project agreement with the FAO to provide technical assistance services in respect of the Re-use of Treated Effluent and Sludge at Iaat Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

 Two guidelines (English & Arabic) for the reuse of treated effluent and sludge were developed. Furthermore, the project succeeded in carrying out some studies and experiments to assess the potential of treated water used for specific crops and type of soils. It has also provided awareness and trainings to all concerned stakeholders. A brochure regarding the results of this project will be distributed in the forthcoming months.

 

"Coping with water scarcity". the role of agriculture. Phase III: Strengthening national capacities".

This project has been identified as one of the main flagship programme of the cooperation between Italy and FAO. The outcome of the project will be strengthened national capacities regarding possible interventions for improved water management in general, and dealing with the agricultural component of water scarcity in particular. At the national level, a particular focus will be made on the improved use of treated wastewater for irrigation at Iaat Wastewater Treatment Plant built on the outcomes of the project UTF/LEB/019/LEB.

 

"Development of water management in the Caza of Marjayoun"

The goal of this project aims at support the agricultural development in the Caza of Marjayoun through the implementation of a modernization plan for the management of the identified irrigation scheme.

To achieve this goal, this project foresees the following immediate objectives: (1) Contribute to improve water demand management in irrigation. (2) Contribute to increased knowledge of farmers and institutional personnel with regard to new irrigation technology and management practices to enhance the efficiency and the productivity of water. NNA

 

  • IAAT is a town located in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon

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