"Towards a reappropriation of the coastline"
On the occasion of its 10 th anniversary and the publication of the book Littoral, by Sébastien Lamy and Cynthia Bou Aoun, published by Editions de l'Alba, University of Balamand, MAJAL * is organizing a conference on Wednesday 8 November 2017 at the Salon du Livre Francophone, Salle Montaigne at 18h, followed by a signature at 19h.
Dr. Sébastien Lamy and Cynthia Bou Aoun will briefly present the synthesis of their work before exchanging and debating with the public. Dr. Serge Yazigi, Director of MAJAL, will act as moderator.
This session will also include a quick presentation of the other MAJAL publications published in 2017:
- The subdivision
- The writing of the town planning rule adapted to the case of sloping land, methodological guide.
About the conference
The question of the littoral has been invited for several years in the middle of the public debate.
The announcement of construction projects in the Dalieh and Ramlet el-Baida regions and tourist, industrial or port development projects along the Lebanese coast, the endless question of the settlement of illegal occupations in the public maritime domain, without talk about the waste crisis that particularly affected the sites of Bourj Hammoud or
"Costa Brava" had the effect of strongly mobilizing the civil society and even a part of the political class.
Numerous demonstrations have been organized, legal appeals have been filed and the national press - and even a foreign press - has largely echoed them.
The state of the Lebanese coast is certainly worrying. But there are still good reasons to stay optimistic. Indeed, the Government has, on the one hand, seriously seized the issue of illegal occupations of the public maritime domain despite some vicissitudes encountered to adopt a law to this effect. On the other hand, the Madrid Protocol for Integrated Coastal Zone Management has recently been ratified by Lebanon and a draft law has been presented by the Minister of the Environment to make effective the commitments made with other countries of the Mediterranean.
* MAJAL is an urban academic observatory established in 2007, within ALBA - University of Balamand, which aims to facilitate research and participate in the public debate on the issues of land, real estate and more generally major planning issues in Lebanon.