Coastal Development in Lebanon: Cutting Off the Sea
Along the coast, there are 49 remaining kilometers of beaches and 11 of cliffs. The rest of the coast is urbanized, with the Ministry of the Environment projecting that if current trends continue, Lebanon’s coast could be totally artificialized à la Hong Kong by 2025. Perhaps everyone is too busy celebrating to notice. The jubilation and hype surrounding Waterfront City, along with promises of a zen-like state of living, mask the anxiety that people should be feeling in the face of unsustainable and environment-destroying building along the coastline.