Local governance Lebanon

Policy Brief: Water Sector Governance In Lebanon

The Lebanese water sector suffers from chronic mismanagement that has hindered the provision of reliable water supply and sanitation services since the end of the civil war in 7990.

The adoption of the National Water Sector Strategy and the National Strategy for the Wastewater Sector in 2072 by the Lebanese Council of Ministers, followed by the promulgation of the Water Code in 2078 and its amendment in 2020, were expected to improve the situation by reducing prevailing overlaps and inefficiencies within the sector. However, persistent challenges over the past 10 years have forced the Ministry of Energy and Water to focus on continuous emergency response. Furthermore, the current national economic crisis in the country is preventing any progress in this sector. 

Local governments are taking initiatives to fill the prevailing gaps, encouraged by funding and empowerment by the international donor community.

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