On November 23rd, the second Lebanese workshop for the BONEX project occurred at the American University of Beirut. The agenda was structured to thoroughly explore and verify crucial elements related to the proposed Agrivoltaics solution within Lebanon’s Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus.
Dr. Ammar Olabi, Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS), initiated the session, setting the stage for comprehensive discussions. Dr. Walid El Kayal, Assistant Professor at FAFS’ Agriculture Department and project Principal Investigator, along with Mr. Joe Hawi from Nova Energia, provided essential insights into the innovative solution of agrivoltaics, laying the foundation for subsequent talks.
In a collaborative environment, stakeholders actively participated in validating the finalized version of the Causal Loop Diagram (CLD) and refining the problem statement. They acknowledged the pivotal role of these elements in influencing interventions within the WEFE Nexus.
Facilitated by FAFS’ Ms. Hala El Moussaoui, Research Assistant at FAFS, and Dr. Yasmine Farhat, Post Doctoral Fellow at FAFS, stakeholders conducted qualitative impact assessments. They meticulously scrutinized the positive and negative implications of proposed interventions on WEFE components and associated local ecosystems. These discussions aimed to capture stakeholder perspectives and evaluate primary threats across different scenarios, revealing the complexities inherent in intervention strategies.
The workshop showcased two distinguished keynote speakers: Ms. Nadine El Khoury, serving as the COO of The Quinta group, and Mr. Bashar Berro, an experienced Value Chain Developer and Advisor. Both speakers provided valuable insights covering diverse perspectives on agricultural innovations specific to Lebanon.
As the workshop concluded, participants expressed their collective commitment to advancing these discussions. They recognized the crucial need for ongoing collaboration among WEFE experts. The session marked a cornerstone for continual exploration and action-oriented initiatives, harnessing the combined expertise of stakeholders toward making meaningful impacts within Lebanon’s WEFE Nexus.