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October 17, 2019

Lebanon has been a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1994 (Law 359/1994), ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2006 (Law 738/2006), and the Paris Agreement to the UNFCCC (Law 115/2019 and Decree 5599/2019).

In Lebanon, the Ministry of Environment (MoE) is the national focal point for climate change. A climate change team, supported by multilateral funds, works under the Service of Environmental Technology at the Ministry. The mandate of the MoE on climate change includes:

  • • The preparation of Biennial Update Reports (BURs) and National Communications
  • • The preparation, update of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) along with implementation follow up
  • • Development and introduction of climate change policy (i.e. Low-Emission Development Strategy (LEDS), financial incentives)
  • • Follow-up and leading on institutional arrangements to enhance national climate action, finance and transparency
  • • Follow-up on mainstreaming climate change in national sectoral policies, strategies and institutions including energy, water, transport, agriculture, forestry, solid waste, wastewater, oil and gas, finance, gender, sustainable development, education, research, disaster risk, cities, etc.
  • • Establishing linkages and synergizing work with other international conventions such as the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Montreal Protocol on Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and its Kigali amendments, the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, etc.
  • • Technical follow up on international climate change negotiations
  • • Coordination of regional and international climate change related projects
  • • Assuming the role of focal point to the UNFCCC, Green Climate Fund (GCF), Adaptation Fund, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Climate Technology Center & Network (CTCN) and International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Read more