EU funded waste treatment plant in Tripoli, Thursday, June 8, 2017. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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As Lebanon's dysfunctional waste-management plan unravels at already gaping seams, the United Nations Development Program and the European Union have come under fire for their approach to helping address the crisis.Since 2004, the EU has financed the construction of 10 solid-waste treatment facilities in Lebanon, several of which have stopped working or never been operational.Both the EU and the UNDP are responsible for the construction of facilities.LACK OF DIRECTIONOfficials from both the EU and the UNDP believe waste management is an underfunded sector fighting a crisis for which no strong national plan of action exists.Samar Khalil, formerly with the UNDP and the Environment Ministry, is currently an active member of Lebanon's Waste Management Coalition, a civil society group advocating for a functioning waste-management strategy. She has also worked on projects funded by the EU. While the EU and the UNDP's relationship to civil society groups is certainly not fraught, many local experts in the waste-management sector are not afraid to express reservations about the efficacy of the organizations' strategies.The Waste Management Coalition meets regularly with both EU representatives and the UNDP.
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