Among the events that IUL offers for the community, which seeks to connect and transfer knowledge about agriculture, and in light of the expected increase in water scarcity in Lebanon as a result of climate change, the University organized a symposium on “The water crisis in the Bekaa”, in cooperation with the Bekaa Water Foundation and the Italian Civil Voluntary Work Association, with the aim of enhancing food security by rationalizing the consumption of used water In irrigating agricultural lands and those used inside and outside the home by educating individuals, in order to avoid the challenges that may arise as a result of pressure on the existing water sources in Lebanon, considering them as unsustainable sources. The search for solutions leading to improved water management in order to be able to achieve the greatest benefit from it at the national level because water constitutes a great value in all its uses, especially agricultural production. The ideas presented in this symposium present valuable solutions in the future to address water problems and their impact on food wealth.
What is sought with the agreement is to generate projects that support the farmers of the region in important issues for their context, especially for the regions of Bekaa and Akkar.
Previously, a traditional idea prevailed that the survey department’s mission is limited to the field of organization, planning, and demarcation of borders and real estate. While modern technologies and studies have proven the importance of space in terms of planning agricultural production, plant wealth, and its geographical distribution in addition to the requirements of the environment. This specialty is one of the first specializations that were opened at the university.
The university has a project with a group of surveying engineers, the university graduates in the field of agricultural research and engineering studies on surveying agricultural lands and determining the suitable crops for them. The project is an atlas of agriculture that identifies suitable places to grow certain types of fruits and vegetables.
This activity has been targeting industrial, environmental, and financial stakeholders; namely decision-makers in industrial establishments, consultants, national experts, in addition to academic and research institutions. The purpose is to build up skills not only in cleaner production but also in allied fields. The LCPC has succeeded in conducting 59 training courses which targeted participants mainly students, managers, farmers and technical experts from the industrial sector, and employees from the public sector and non-profit organizations.
Training course and capacity building events were held on subjects related to industrial and environmental issues namely the following: