The Ministry of Environment at the Saida Dumpsite Rehabilitation Project
On Saturday the 2nd of August 2014, during a visit to witness the progress of the various projects being implemented within the city of Saida, the Lebanese Minister of Environment Mohamad Al Mashnouk was impressed by the achievements made at the Rehabilitation of Saida Dumpsite Project. Accompanied by his advisor and the chief of the urban environment section, H.E. was joined by the UN Resident Representative Mr. Ross Mountain, the head of the municipal council, Mr. Mohammad Seoudi along with members from the municipality. The visitors were guided through a site tour where Mr. Edgard Chehab, the assistant resident representative, explained the different phases of the project and the progress achieved to date.
The Minister was pleased with the huge steps taken to transform the 30-year-old dumpsite from a 58-meter high trash mountain into a public park and an environmentally engineered sanitary landfill. Mr. Al Mashnouk said that the Rehabilitation of the Saida Dumpsite will form a leading example for other projects to follow in Lebanon, especially the Bourj Hammoud Dumpsite. Additionally, H.E. expressed his pride of the projects being achieved in the city of Saida and added that it is the collective efforts of its citizens that made all this happen.
The next Monday, on 4 August, the project team welcomed South Lebanon’s Governor, Mr. Mansour Daou, who missed the site visit on Saturday. H.E., escorted by the Saida Mayor, Mr. Seoudi, was also accompanied through a site tour and briefed about the project, its phases, objectives, and accomplishments.