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Dive Into Action شد الهمة

Dive into Action ​is the empowerment programme that aims to shift perceptions and behaviors about environmental issues by engaging citizens to join concrete actions through multiple nature cleanups per month, coupled with workshops on site, campaigns, advocacy, and preventative measures.

GENDER EQUALITY

Achieving equality between men and women by eliminating discrimination and violence against women and girls, empowering women to rise to their potential, and achieving equality between women and men in all spheres of life.

IN LEBANON

In spite of solid achievements with regard to equality and empowerment, women in Lebanon do not benefit from equal rights, and still face inequality in society, politics, legal affairs and the labour market. Lebanon does not yet enjoy full and unconditional equality between men and women.

Did you know that…?

• In the 2016 municipal elections about 100 more women were elected than in the 2010 municipal elections, while women still only represent 5.5% of the municipal council seats.
• Only 23.5% of women are part of the labour market, whereas the proportion of men is 70.3%.
• Only 3 percent of national parliamentary seats are held by women.

All Lebanese– women, men, boys and girls– can benefit from gender equality. Addressing discriminatory laws and changing norms and perceptions concern and affect everyone, though in different ways. By also having men and boys as partners in this pursuit for gender equality, Lebanon can thrive socially, politically, culturally and economically.

CLEAN WATER & SANITATION

Giving all people equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and sanitation through improved management of services.

IN LEBANON

Major advances have been made and the majority of people in Lebanon have improved access to water supply, however, the population experiences frequent water shortages and, in many places, the water is not safe to drink. While Lebanon has relatively well established water and wastewater networks, only a small portion of the water and wastewater is treated and managed safely.

Did you know that…?

• Up to 70% of natural water sources in Lebanon are bacterially contaminated.
• In 2012 Lebanon extracted 0.7 billion cubic metres of groundwater, but the groundwater is only replenished with 0.5 billion cubic metres each year.

Investment in improved water infrastructure and promotion of safe water management from source to household can help ensure that people in Lebanon will have safe and sustainable drinking water supply in the future.

LIFE BELOW WATER

Protecting and conserving marine and coastal areas and ecosystems by reducing marine pollution, ocean acidification and over-fishing.

IN LEBANON

With around 240 kilometres of coastline, Lebanon’s coastal zone is a key element of its natural capital, beauty and tourist attractions. However, the lack of protection measures is negatively affecting these ecosystems and the species living in them.

Did you know that…?

• In 2010, 65% of total sewage in Lebanon ended up in coastal waters.
• Between 1975 and 2001 an estimated 1,269 illegal properties were constructed along the coastline, which negatively affected coastal and marine ecosystems.

By creating effective management policies, Lebanon can go a long way in protecting the national treasure of marine and coastal ecosystems.

LIFE ON LAND

Conserving and protecting freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems, forests and biodiversity from deforestation, desertification and non-native species.

IN LEBANON

Lebanon, with a unique biodiversity, has an identity that is deeply linked to the cedar tree — and yet its forests are at grave risk of dissappearing. Development after the civil war has come at a cost to the natural ecosystems mainly due to unsustainable urban growth.

Did you know that…?

• Lebanon has a very high biodiversity with 0.25 different species per square kilometre—more than in Brazil.
• Growing urbanization is estimated to consume about 5 square kilometres of natural areas every year in Lebanon.

By protecting, restoring and promoting terrestrial ecosystems through urban planning and public awareness, Lebanon can take advantage of its rich and diverse ecosystems and habitats.