The main objective of this school was to gather all the stakeholders around the crucial topic of water treatment in Lebanon.
The event created an enabling environment for sharing and exchange between political representatives, development associations, local companies, international researchers and students.
The inauguration of this 1st school held in Lebanon gathered 600 people. The event had participants from ministers of Public Health, Education and Higher Education, Environment and Industry, from Lebanese Universities (AUB, USEK, USJ), from the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon and from IEM.
Lebanese speakers first presented a comprehensive assessment, taking stock of the water management problems in their country. The experts from IEM then introduced the new membrane technologies and their impacts, in order to brainstorm possible solutions adapted to Lebanon’s needs.
The participants have been convinced of the urgent need for a better water and wastewater management in Lebanon. The existing synergies should enable to implement adapted projects. Membrane technologies can meet certain issues that have been identified. New research and training collaborations will also strengthen the positive momentum reached.