The open forum, Youth for a Change: Lebanon Youth Parliament for Water, took place at FAFS on October 16, initiating the Lebanese Chapter of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW). WYPW works to empower youth participation in the water sector and implement concrete water projects within their communities. Lebanon’s WYPW chapter was initiated by the Youth Committee of the Ibrahim Abd El Al Foundation, and with the presence of WYPW President Lindsey Aldaco-Manner, who introduced the WYPW and explained the possibilities of local actions for youth engagement in Lebanon.
Ms. Adalco-Manner addressed the ways in which faculty and local NGOs can be involved in supporting the local chapter. Dr. Maya Atieh, Youth Committee of the Ibrahim Abd El Al Foundation, then spoke of the importance of this initiation and shared the Foundation’s work and its vision for the Lebanese chapter of WYPW. Dr. Atieh and Ms. Aldaco-Manner concluded their remarks with an invitation to youth aged 18-35 at the forum to a follow up meeting, in FAFS on October 30. The follow up meeting was used to collectively establish a vision for the chapter, establish the leadership team, and begin drafting the strategic plan for the launch of the Lebanon chapter of WYPW.
About the Speaker
Lindsey Aldaco-Manner is President of the World Youth Parliament for Water (WYPW), an observing board member of the steering committee of the Global Water Partnership, and a Research Assistant at the Texas A&M Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus Initiative in College Station. Lindsey holds a master’s in Water Management and Hydrological Science from Texas A&M University (2018), where she founded the young professional’s chapter of the Texas American Water Works Association (the Texas A&M Water Network). During her time as a research intern at FAFS as part of its WEFRAH initiative, Lindsey has initiated the Lebanon chapter of WYPW chapter and continues her research on governance aspects of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.