Location : Mediterranean rim: Lebanon, Egypt, Slovenia, France Cassis & Corsica, Morocco, Aim: all the countries of the Mediterranean. Each village will serve as an example for the rest of the country
Beginning of the project : 2012
Leaders of the project : Bahr Loubnan & Ecotown
Sector : Environment / Pollution / Development / Education / Tourism
DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
The NGO Ecotown was founded in 2014 by Rima Tarabay to spread a an eco-city model along the Mediterranean coast. Inspired by the actions carried out by the Bahr Loubnan Association (2002) in Naqoura (South Lebanon), this project consists of setting up an ecological transition from coastal small towns and villages to eco-cities in cooperation with the municipalities, local NGOs, local authorities and inhabitants. Through public and educational programs, the actions taken serve as educational platforms by offering a model of environmental responsibility in the region. The aim is to encourage these cities to adopt a common approach to the environment by giving them the means to ensure the sustainable management of their resources.
LEADERS OF THE PROJECT
Bahr Loubnan & Ecotown
Funding of 30,000 euro Work at the Zero CO2 emissions school at Naqoura (Lebanon). 30,000 euro for two week school trip for 15 students from the school at Naqoura to Cassis. Morocco Amsa Zero CO2 emission school: 70,000 euro and Agro ecology: 64,000 euro. Egypt / Chammas Project to extract water from wells using a solar system for irrigation, Dev organic farming 100,000 euro France Eco tourism: 20,000 euro
Total cost: 314,000 euro
1- All actions undertaken for an ecological transition are part of policies to improve local governance and ensure a better quality of life, health and work for citizens that is rooted in sustainability and not in transience.
2- Develop companies linked to the environment
3-Within the framework of Transport and urban development: clean transport and reduced mobility
4- The primary aim of eco-cities is respect for the environment and recycling and optimising waste, water and energy
5- All eco-town project actions are echoed in academia and research.
6- Develop eco-tourism that is respectful of human beings and the environment.
Increasing coastal populations have led to the Mediterranean Sea and its coastline becoming dangerously polluted. Recent reports report alarming numbers of plastic particles found in the water and consumed by fish. The biodiversity of marine life is unbalanced. Urgent measures must be taken to reduce pollution and restore a balanced ecosystem in the Mediterranean Sea. Environmental policies need to be implemented in towns, villages and coastal villages, which are the main source of pollution. One of the key issues is that, while such policies do exist, they differ from region to region. The cities and towns of the northern Mediterranean countries adopted measures to reduce pollution years ago. They are building wastewater treatment plants and waste recycling facilities, while cities and towns on the southern Mediterranean coast are only in the early stages of this process. All these cities should take a common approach to the environment.
Lebanon / Naqoura school renovation + Travel
Morocco / Amsa: Renovation of a state school to make it a ero CO2 emission school like the one at Naqoura and agro-ecology project
Egypt / Chammas: Well water extraction project using a solar system for irrigation
Development of organic farming
France: Cassis Eco tourism and setting up a partnership with the city of Piran