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Eng. Iffat EDRISS
by OPERATION BIG BLUE ASSOCIATION (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
-protected marine biodiverity namely sea turles nests, illegal fishing and illegal construction.
-protect people's rights to free access to beaches and safe and clean water.
-provide open space for sports and leisure.
OBBA Public Beach Strategy is an update to The Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MOPWT) Public Beach Strategy, endorsed in 2001 to provide healthy and free coastal public space for people. The strategy aimed to improve the management of those spaces, protect marine ecosystems and protect the coastal zone in Lebanon from illegal privatization.
With an experience of 20 years in marine conservation, Operation Big Blue Association has updated the strategy by adding the marine conservation principles to the management plans and implementation of the public beaches. The strategy had identified 14 public beaches along the Lebanese coast; 24 km out of 220 km , knowing that the Ministry of Environment (MOE) is implementing the marine protected areas strategy covering around 35 km of the coast.
Of those 14 beaches, 4 were designed and Biospheres and the rest as Eco beaches. The management plan for those sites is divided into 4 sub-managements:
- Environmental management ; protecting sea turtles nests, preserving the endemic and engagement flora, keeping the beach clean and use of green detergents(for toilets..), waste management plans for sewers and solid waste, banning the use of plastic bags, straws and other harmful products, screening the sand and recycling micro beats.
- Services and Leisure: lifeguarding, cleaning and waste removal, guarding, showers, toilets, shops and low cost cafes, organizing beach events and beach sports tournaments.
- Knowledge and research: GIS maps and drone picture shooting for the beaches to study erosion, weather forecast database, lab set up for water testing.
- Awareness: mapping flora and fauna species, setting up a beach school and education boards, awareness campaigns against plastic, littering, removing jellyfish from water, importance of fauna and flora preservation , citizens’ rights to free access to the beach, public hearing to improve the management of the beach.
Starting to implement the strategy in fall 2016, we believe that we can save sandy and pebble beaches as well as the famous coastal terraces of the Levant from construction, protecting people’s rights to free access to beaches, providing eco-tourism services and activities and improving.
In addition, OBBA has designed in one of the beaches a lifeguard center to train lifeguard, empower them and provide assistance to those staff sustainable income as all lifeguards in Lebanon has no income off the swimming season.
The beaches will be also supervised by the colleagues in the Lebanon Eco Movement Union and by Big Blue coastal cities steward teams .
The Project progress is monitored and evaluated by OBBA task management team and results are submitted to all stakholders.
Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
  • Wastewater treatment
  • Manure management
  • Coastal clean-ups
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
  • Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse
  • Other (please specify): ban fishing
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Community or Locally Managed Marine Areas
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Large Marine Ecosystem approach
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
Enhance the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources by implementing international law as reflected in UNCLOS, which provides the legal framework for the conservation and sustainable use of oceans and their resources, as recalled in paragraph 158 of The Future We Want
Type of commitment
  • Activities to raise awareness of the comprehensive legal and policy framework for the sustainable development of oceans and seas, in particular UNCLOS, its Implementing Agreements and other relevant ocean-related instruments and promote their effective im
  • Activities to develop the capacity of States towards broader participation in and effective implementation of UNCLOS and its implementing Agreements
  • Strengthening ocean governance, for example through the development of a national ocean policy or regional ocean policy
  • Development of necessary infrastructure and/or enforcement capabilities to comply with international law, as reflected in UNCLOS and as complemented by other ocean-related instruments
end of fiscal years
Monitoring and evaluation Report
March 2017
Status report including biodivesity and management plan
May 2017
Landscape map universities contest
weekly starting June
Lab water tests results and weather forcasts
Staff / Technical expertise
envolvement of academics and marine experts
Financing (in USD)
1,785,000 USD
Other, please specify
cafeterias and activiies to cover running costs
In-kind contribution
lanscape design - contest prizes- beach lifeguard equipment - portacabins : from Goverenemt, international funding, sponsors
Basic information
Time-frame: 5 June 2017 - June 2020
Ministry of Public Works and Transportation: as in charge of teh coastalzone management Ministry of Environment : as one of its objectives is to increase protected areas by 2020 Operation Big Blue Association: Marine concervation NGO Cedars for Care Association; Philantropy and social NGO aiming to improve life of teh less fortunate in Lebanon and improve public spaces services to provide wellbeing, sports activities for in a clean environment Lebanon Eco Movement : Union of NGOs for advocacy and NGO empowering
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
IFFAT EDRISS, ENG., president@operationbigblue.org, 009613747789
Beirut- Lebanon
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