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Balancing water stress and human crises under a changing climate; Integrating international policy agendas in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

Three major international agendas concern building resilience to climate change, achieving sustainable development in marginal dryland environments and responding to humanitarian crises. These agendas often compete with each other for support and attention. When crises become acute, sustainable development and the climate change agenda may suffer reversals that will leave populations ever more vulnerable. However, the agendas can also complement each other. This paper reflects on recent experiences in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, where an international humanitarian effort has created both challenges and opportunities for balancing water stress over both the short- and long-term horizons.

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  • IIED code: 10175IIED
  • Published: Dec 2016 - IIED
  • Area: Lebanon
  • Theme: Climate change
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-423-1
  • Language: English

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King-Okumu, C, Jaafar, H and Archer, D (2016) Balancing water stress and human crises under a changing climate: Integrating international policy agendas in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. IIED, London.
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Urbanising regions in drylands often face environmental problems – particularly water stress. When people in these areas are also responding to other crises, such as conflict or refugee flows, it becomes difficult for them to implement long-term solutions. IIED is looking at ways to strengthen resilience in crisis-hit dryland regions, focusing initially on environmental challenges in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and the arid lands of Kenya.

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