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Dryland resilience-building under a difficult and changing climate - the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon

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In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, environmental concerns have grown since 2013 amongst local host populations, displaced families, and humanitarian actors. This is stimulating debate concerning strategies through which resilience may be nurtured by populations, government and international humanitarian and development communities in difficult and unstable climates. In collaboration with the American University of Beirut (AUB) Department of Agriculture, the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), held a workshop to reflect on these debates. The aims of the workshop were to share the findings of a preparatory analysis of changing water demand and use patterns in the Bekaa valley since 2010 and over the longer term, to bring together perspectives from local and national government, humanitarian actors and the IIED Drylands and Human Settlements Programmes, and to explore needs, opportunities and level of stakeholder interest for international collaborative research for action to build dryland resilience (secure, steward and sustain access to water) under anticipated climatic changes.

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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.

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