Lebanon is reducing the risk on its citizens lives
“The municipality of Byblos has benefited from the support of the DRM Unit at different levels starting by adopting the "Resilient Cities Campaign" and most recently the risk assessment report that was implemented by the unit on the risk analysis of critical infrastructure in Byblos Qaza” commented Mr. Ziad Hawat the mayor of Byblos city municipality on the DRR project currently in place in the city.
- In Lebanon the resilient city campaign was accepted and signed by 270 municipalities.
- DRR project is currently working on the twining of Jbeil with Venice which is an example and an international role model of disaster prevention in the world.
The United Nations Development Program in Lebanon is working on getting Lebanon ready to resist Disasters. Two main actions have been taken under the project to achieve city resiliency, the collaboration with local authorities through the resilient cities campaign and the GARD training that have been done in several regions, with different services and personnel
The UNDP transported to Lebanon the international campaign for cities resiliency against disaster “My City is Getting Ready” which connected with the authorities in the country. Indeed, in the Arab world there have been 10 municipalities to adopt, sign and commit themselves to the campaign where as in Lebanon alone the resilient city campaign was accepted and signed by 270 municipalities. The figures generated in Lebanon emphasize the success of the project in preparing the country as a whole given that the 270 municipalities represent geographically different cities, thus reducing the risks of every kind of disaster that could hit Lebanon. In addition, the DRR project success in Lebanon is highlighted by the support that it offered to four committed municipalities for their participation in the Global Platform in Geneva enabling them to learn and adopt the successful measures that have been implemented in other countries.
In addition, one of the main objectives of the DRM is the preservation of the cultural heritage in the cities, and while Lebanon has a number of Phoenicians cities and monuments subject to disasters the DRR aims to strengthen resilience of these particular cities and to reduce vulnerabilities of its monuments. In the same line of ideas, the DRR project is currently working on the twining of Jbeil with Venice which is an example and an international role model of disaster prevention in the world, and thus providing Jbeil with the best cooperation in Disaster risk reduction scene available not only in the region but worldwide.