Trust and cooperation relations in environmental management of Lebanon

Nivine Abbas, I. van der Molen, M.R. Nader, Jonathan Cranidge Lovett

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Abstract

This paper examines the spatial variation in vulnerability between different geographical areas of the northern coastal region of Lebanon within the context of armed conflict. The study is based on the ‘vulnerability of space’ approach and will be positioned in the academic debate on vulnerability concepts. While ‘vulnerability of place’ is referred to in literature, it has not been systematically studied in the case of Lebanon. Vulnerability symbolizes the physical, economic, political, or social susceptibility of a certain population to damage that is caused by a natural or man-made disaster. Vulnerability is multidimensional, differential, and scale-dependent, and can vary according to differential exposure, sensitivity, and coping capacity. In this paper, we identify features and manifestations of vulnerability that are particularly relevant to the coastal area of north Lebanon. We argue that the variation in a community’s vulnerability is affected not only by exposure to the environmental damage caused by repeated episodes of armed conflict but also by the sensitivity and coping capacity of the communities in the coastal area of north Lebanon. The findings are based on 500 questionnaire surveys among citizens in the study area, semi-structured and in-depth interviews with various stakeholders, and secondary literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication1st Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities, MIFS 2014, Vol. 2, 23-26 April 2014, Beirut, Lebanon
Place of PublicationBeirut, Lebanon
Pages267-277
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2014
Event1st Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities, MIFS 2014 - Arab Open University, Beirut, Lebanon
Duration: 23 Apr 201426 Apr 2014
Conference number: 1

Conference

Conference1st Mediterranean Interdisciplinary Forum on Social Sciences and Humanities, MIFS 2014
Abbreviated titleMIFS
CountryLebanon
CityBeirut
Period23/04/1426/04/14

Keywords

  • METIS-306855
  • IR-92927

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