In partnership with the Lebanon Mine Action Center, the EU, and the American University of Beirut, the UNDP launched the report on the socio-economic benefits of mine action in Lebanon as a case for sustaining support to the mine action sector in Lebanon.
The report addresses the knowledge gap in how the social and economic benefits of mine action can be systematically measured and presents these benefits to Lebanon’s economy in a monetized form. The report highlights that for each dollar spent on mine action in Lebanon it generates an economic return of 4.15 dollars. These findings are particularly significant given that a large percentage of contaminated lands in Lebanon also happen to be among the poorest areas in Lebanon therefore reflecting the mine action impact in alleviating poverty.
The study is underpinned by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which Lebanon is committed to implement, with a view to aligning mine action with the broader development priorities and to monitor impact in terms of livelihoods, peacebuilding, and broader development investments.
"Our gathering today is to share with you these results that we are delighted with; not only does mine action save lives it also contributes to the recovery of the Lebanese economy" the Lebanon Mine Action Center Director, B. General Ziad Nasr said.
“The results of the study show that investing in mine action in Lebanon is not only the right thing to do but is also the smart investment to do” the UNDP Resident Representative Celine Moyroud said.