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Balancing water stress, human crises and innovation under a changing dryland climate

During 2016, IIED explored the intersection of international environmental and crisis agendas in the context of Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, with the help of international, national and local practitioners. Findings confirm that strategic planning to avoid water stress is more difficult during crises. Nevertheless, new opportunities are also created. This briefing summarises recommendations by IIED and Lebanese partners following a series of in-depth analyses, discussion and reflections.

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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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