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Balancing water stress and human crises in the Bekaa Valley

In 2016, IIED launched a nine-month investigation to explore the interest of actors in the Lebanese environment, water and energy sectors to collaborate around building resilience in the drylands. Preliminary findings showed significant environmental challenges and concerns in need of research. There is also scope to explore how public investments could tackle water, energy, environment, climate change and humanitarian objectives in a more integrated way. Based on these initial findings and interest, IIED continues to explore the shared challenges with local, national and international stakeholders and actors.

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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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