Ministry of Energy and Water Celebrates Eight Years of Impactful Partnership for Improved Water Systems with German Government and UNICEF
August 1, 2023 – Marking eight years of partnership, the Ministry of Energy and Water hosted an exhibition showcasing more than a hundred water projects that have provided communities in Lebanon with improved access to water and waste-water services. These initiatives were made possible through the enduring partnership with UNICEF, generously funded by the German government via KfW, the German Development Bank.
The showcased projects, implemented between 2016 and 2023, encompassed a wide range of initiatives aimed at enhancing water sustainability and accessibility across Lebanon. The key accomplishments included the rehabilitation, construction, and equipment of 24 springs, 65 water reservoirs, and 9 innovative projects that efficiently separate rainwater from wastewater, ensuring the continuity and longevity of water services across Lebanon.
With a total value of 120 million euros, these vital projects have positively impacted over 2.3 million people, benefitting approximately 85% Lebanese citizens and 15% non-Lebanese residents. Additionally, more than 15,785 youth from local communities actively participated in the implementation of these initiatives, gaining job training opportunities and temporary income.
Minister of Energy and Water, Dr. Walid Fayad said: "We wanted to host this event in the main building of the Ministry of Energy and Water to confirm our confidence in state institutions and the ministry's authority as a decision-making body concerned with developing the water sector's strategy and directive plans and watching over their proper implementation in close cooperation with the public institutions investing in the water sector."
Katharina Lack, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, said: “Ensuring access to water and sanitation is a key human rights obligation of the state: safeguarding and implementing this right contributes in a critical way to health, nutrition and a decent standard of living of the population in Lebanon. This exhibition pays tribute to the sizeable contribution made by Germany, over the past eight years, to support Lebanon in this sector. I hope that this investment will have lasting benefits for the communities served by these infrastructure developments.”
"We are immensely proud of the outcomes achieved through our enduring partnership with Germany and UNICEF in improving access to clean water across Lebanon for all children and families," expressed Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF Representative in Lebanon. "Especially during these challenging times, the results are a testament to our collective dedication towards securing the continuity and sustainability of water services, enriching the lives of over half of the population."
UNICEF and the German government have had a lasting impact on the nation's water infrastructure, and UNICEF is committed to continue implementing water projects until the end of 2024, working towards equitable access to clean water for all communities across Lebanon.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit www.unicef.org/lebanon/.