UN-HABITAT’s Lebanon office last week signed special cooperation agreements with the municipalities of Tyre, Bint Jbeil and Jabal Amel providing USD 10,000 for urgently needed community projects in each of 21 towns and villages in their jurisdiction.
Allocation of the monies provided as part of a USD 500,000 Cyprusaid recovery grant for post-war reconstruction following Israeli bombardments in July 2006, was agreed with each of the communities. It included infrastructure repairs such as roads and pavements, renovations of village squares, public gardens, playgrounds, and even farming infrastructure services. Leaders of the three municipalities were at hand for the signing ceremony on Friday 2 May.
UN-HABITAT Lebanon has undertaken a series of recovery projects to respond to the massive destruction caused by July war 2006. The “Good governance for enhanced post-war reconstruction” project is a comprehensive programme co-funded by the Dutch, Cyprus and Finnish governments with a total budget amounting to EUR 1.8 million. Its main goal is to strengthen the capacities of local authorities, the union of municipalities and community representatives to plan, guide, monitor and control the overall reconstruction process of the 21 towns and villages hit in the raids.