Dr. Joy E. Hecht

Economic approaches to environmental governance:

Economic Approaches to Environmental Governance in Lebanon

From 2014 to 2017, I worked with the European Union-funded "Support to Reforms / Environmental Governance" (StREG) project in the Lebanese Ministry of Environment. I am the economist on the team, looking at opportunities for Lebanon to introduce economic tools that may strengthen its environmental management.

My work focused in three areas; solid waste management, quarries, and industrial pollution. In each area I began with an assessment of the challenges Lebanon is facing, and the tools used elsewhere in the world to address similar concerns. Many tools that are effective elsewhere will not work in Lebanon, because of difficult broader governance challenges faced by the country. Some, however, do have some potential to be applied in Lebanon; for these, more detailed assessments were carried out to analyze their potential to contribute to environmental management in the country. These papers will be available on line in the near future.