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Lebanon

At a Glance

Lebanon is a highly urbanized, middle-income country whose temperate climate and collection of world heritage sites drive its thriving tourism industry. Climate change, manifested through rising sea levels and increasing temperatures, is expected to impact the densely populated coastal urban areas that host infrastructure and industry critical to the economy. With an underdeveloped agriculture sector, Lebanon imports most of its food, and rising world food prices, compounded by the effects of global climate change on agricultural yields, will increase the cost of guaranteeing food security. The economic and social impacts of the Syrian crisis compound Lebanon’s challenges, as the influx of refugees has strained Lebanon’s public finances, service delivery, and environment. Majority of Lebanon's emissions come from the energy sector, followed by the waste, agriculture, and bunker fuels sectors.

Climate Projections and Impacts

Refer to the Climate Risk Profile (2016) for more information.

Climate Projections

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Increased Drought Frequency

Decreased/Less Frequent Precipitation

Sea Level Rise

Increased Temperature

Key Climate Impact Areas

Agriculture

Coastal Resources

Tourism

Water

Funding & Country Climate Context


USAID Climate Change Funding (2022)

Total

$1 Million

Clean Energy

$1 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2023)

5.3 Million

GHG Emissions Growth

2.68%

% Forested Area

13.4%

Refer to metadata and sources for more details.

Climate Change Information

Climate Risk Profile

Climate Risk Profile: Lebanon

Lebanon Photo Gallery

Stories from the Area

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