American University of Beirut

Investment in Emergency Planning

​​Policy Brief


Disasters, whether natural or manmade, are unpredictable and heavily disrupt all sectors, one of which is the water sector. In Lebanon specifically, water supply emergencies vary from single incidents to prolonged crises. This heavily affects the population and in particular the most vulnerable. This policy brief aims to shed light on the need to invest in an emergency response plan in Lebanon. The document showcases case studies of previous responses in other countries, then follows through by giving an overview of the Lebanese context and relevant actors. Finally, the brief provides recommendations at different levels in order to assist in next steps. This policy brief is based on the research paper “INVESTMENT IN EMERGENCY PLANNING” prepared by the Climate Change and Environment Program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and commissioned by Oxfam (as part of the H2All Consortium) for the third edition of the Lebanon Water Forum (2019), with assistance of the European Union Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syria Crisis - The Madad Fund, and with the partnership of the Ministry of Energy and Water. 

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of Oxfam and IFI and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

​Read the policy brief.

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