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From One Environmental Catastrophe to Another
By Najib Saab
November-December 1998

As fires were devouring Lebanese forests, reducing millions of trees to ashes in one of the most outrageous environmental and natural disasters in the country, the Ministry of Environment was vocally celebrating Arab Environment Day on 14 October, publishing a newsletter about its "achievements", and declaring 16 November a national environment day. It seemed that the priority during this hellfire was to create another occasion for public statements and speeches.
A 21st century ministry of environment
By Najib Saab
September-October 1998

The implementation of the national reconstruction plan in Lebanon has kept the government's attention focused on economic, and to a less degree social development. This was a necessary path to provide basic infrastructure, end the state of war, secure the foundations of peace, achieve stability and rehabilitate public institutions.
Development as public relations
By Najib Saab
July-august 1998

After the theme of children and women as marketing tools for international aid was exploited and exhausted over the last decade, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have recently become an inherent part of any project proposal for development assistance. The magic word among aid agencies now is NGO. While the term NGO might mean any group outside government institutions, be it a professional association, public society, club, research centre, university or private company, it commonly refers to voluntary groups.
Sharing abundance, not poverty
By Najib Saab
May-June 1998

Resolutions of some international conferences and meetings on environment and development, are almost an invitation for poor countries to perish of thirst, starvation and disease. They call for reducing water consumption and imposing high taxation on water, in countries where millions of people lack clean water supplies and where the annual water consumption per person is less than the weekly consumption of a citizen in an industrialized country. They call for restrictions on agriculture and food production operation, to save bio-diversity and soil quality, in countries where the population suffers malnutrition.

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ARAB ENVIRONMENT IN 10 YEARS crowns a decade of the series of annual reports produced by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED) on the state of Arab environment. It tracks and analyzes changes focusing on policies and governance, including level of response and engagement in international environmental treaties. It also highlights developments in six selected priority areas, namely water, energy, air, food, green economy and environmental scientific research.
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