Yes, water is a human right and a human wealth. This is exactly how Blue Gold considers water.
Water is a wealth that needs to be protected, not wasted, and should be made available to each and every citizen. This is why the Blue Gold has a 40 initiatives. It is unacceptable to keep watching as our water is being wasted, or mismanaged because of climate change, demographic increase, because the water management sector as well as the laws and regulations related to water need to be improved.
Partnerships between the public and the private sector and the citizens is the most effective way to revive the socio-economic sector in Lebanon as it will provide more employment opportunities, limit Emigration, enforce social cohesion and protection, improve the quality of life of everyone, and help in lowering the national debt. The previously mentioned objectives can be achieved by providing strong economic beneficiaries in Lebanon the opportunity to invest in active local sectors, which will in turn improve the situation and encourage development. It is only when socio-economic beneficiaries are certain that the political class can start working for the good of the country.
Blue Gold is but the first step of a long journey towards cooperation.
Yes, Lebanon has a lot of water. Sadly, it is not strong enough to protect its water, or to effectively manage it for many reasons.
But to merely point out this fact, without proposing solutions, simply means that the situation will remain the same and that our water will go on being wasted.
This is why Blue Gold’s first purpose is to give the Lebanese back their water, making it an important economic and national wealth, as well as ensuring a surplus, in order to always have water, energy and good harvests. These factors are an essential part of Lebanon’s wellbeing.
If we had been able to better protect our socio-natural and human resources, we wouldn’t be afraid of a natural disaster because of the recent drought that hit Lebanon for three months.
Insisting that the Blue Gold plan is selling Lebanon’s water is an unfunded accusation, and which ignores the fact that the Blue Gold plan is based on a research made available to all. And talking about “selling” our water is sad, considering it has to be a protected asset.
Discussing the “Privatization of the water sector” in Lebanon is a healthy debate. Civic Influence Hub (CIH) knows that developing the Public- Private Partnership (PPP) in Lebanon, is not possible unless the private and the public cooperate together.
The private sectors is of Lebanese people to serve the Lebanese people. The only role of it is to offer the best service at the most affordable price.
The difference between “Privatization” and “ Public-Private- Citizens Partnership (PPCP)” is huge; but can only be reached if we work together to successfully and thoroughly implement the plan.
We (CIH) are extending in invitation to all citizens to join in the Blue Gold plan mission. With your participation we can ensure that water will become an available national resource and wealth, without any appropriation (taking something for personal gain).
Our words are not empty slogans or an advertising campaign. They are based on serious researches which are outlined in the “economic-social impact” published by the Blue Gold plan and which is available on our website.
Water belongs to the Lebanese People, who are an essential pillar of the Government, the guardian, and guarantor of this resource.