Australian Project to protect nature conservation in the Chouf
Ambassador Grindlay: “This project also allows the community to benefit economically from valuable materials that would otherwise be discarded.”
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In a press release the Australian Embassy in Beirut said: On 7 February 2019, Australia’s Ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Ms Rebekah Grindlay, visited an Embassy-supported conservation project at Abey Public School in the Chouf.
The Australian Embassy provided US$24,000 to the Nature Conservation Centre of the American University of Beirut to support their solid waste management project at three public schools in the Chouf region.
The project provided composters to six municipalities in the Chouf (Basateen, Abey, Aramoun, Batwerta, Binay and Kfarmata). It also facilitated training and awareness sessions to ensure proper solid waste mechanism and management.
“We are delighted that the project has already had an impact on reducing plastic and organic waste, with environmental health benefits,” said Ambassador Grindlay.
“This project also allows the community to benefit economically from valuable materials that would otherwise be discarded.”
It builds on the strong people-to-people links between Australia and Lebanon.
Australia’s Direct Aid Program supports small-scale projects that have a significant and direct impact on the lives of disadvantaged people. Since 2004, the Australian Embassy has supported more than 100 projects in Lebanon. Further information on how to apply can be found on Twitter (@SafirAustralia) and Facebook (@AusEmbassyLebanon).