The lectures organized by AFIAL were compiled with three different books in Arabic, published since 1993 and distributed to the public and the decision makers. The titles of the books are:
Water and Energy, Water in Lebanese Districts, Agriculture Policy in Lebanon
REprinting the geological maps
AFIAL initiated the republishing of the geological maps of Lebanon. The project was financed by the European Commission and Implemented by the Institute for Geographical Affairs (Lebanese Army) and the Council for Development and Reconstruction. These maps were drawn in the 40s by the french geologist Louis DUBERTRET, at the request of Ibrahim Abd El Al who was then the General Director of the Ministry of Public Works. The project consisted of the reproduction, printing and distribution of the 25 maps covering the Lebanese territory (scale 1/50.000), one map of Lebanon (scale 1/200.000), and 17 booklets. These maps are available to the public as part of the Association’s information dispatching activities.
Hydro-Political Baseline of the Upper Jordan River
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Legal Analysis of the Upper Jordan River Basin
AFIAL in partnership with the Order of Engineers & Architects in Beirut, launched a research study entitled “Legal Analysis of the Upper Jordan Basin”. The study tackled how, from a national perspective, Lebanon must achieve its basic rights to an equitable share of the trans-boundary waters, to resolve the water conflict in the region.
The ‘Legal Analysis of the Upper Jordan River Basin’ examines the basis for the development of a national Lebanese policy on trans-boundary waters on the Upper Jordan River. Comprehensive audits of the relevant water resources and legal elements were taken into consideration, with results interpreted as per the global hydro politics of the basin.
The research was timely for coinciding with three major developments in relation to water resources. Firstly, the need for the economic development in the Hasbani Basin, which is leading to an increased use of the region’s water resources. Secondly, The agreement between four of the five Jordan River riparian states on the 1997 UN Watercourses Convention, which provides a distinct opportunity to work towards the resolution of the conflict through an equitable re-distribution of the flows. And thirdly, the Lebanese Government is engaged in three legal processes currently underway: The 2013 opening of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention to non-European countries; the ongoing drafting of the Arab Water Convention; and the ongoing debate of the International Law Commission’s Draft Aquifer Articles (DAA).
Accordingly, several recommendations on how to proceed in regards to the water issue have been addressed by experts, in the report.
To learn more about the study, along with the key findings and comprehensive recommendations of the team of experts,
In 2000, the Lebanese government issued a memorial stamp in memory of Ibrahim Abd El Al and in recognition of his important work and his huge contribution to the development of Water Resources in Lebanon.