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FRIDAY, 18 APR 2014
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Green Party holds annual congress in Beirut
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BEIRUT: The Green Party of Lebanon distributed over 1,000 membership cards Sunday, almost a year after its foundation, during the party’s first annual congress at the Monroe Hotel in Beirut. The congress was attended by representatives of the European Green Party, the Moroccan Environment and Sustainable Development Party, and the German Green Party as well as an array of Lebanese political and social figures. 
Philippe Skaff, head of the Green Party of Lebanon, said the party’s success in attracting over 1,000 members was unprecedented and showed the awareness of the Lebanese and their “boredom with traditional narrow policies.” 
The congress discussed “sectarian pollution,” administrative corruption, and the projects the party launched in 2009 
The two main projects discussed were a draft law to form a prosecution office for the environment and a project to form a “green police” that would assist security forces to protect forests, tourist sites and archeological sites. The “green police” would collaborate with General Security and would be led by the Lebanese Army. 
Skaff also tackled the national plan to reforest Lebanon presented by the Association for Forests Development and Conservation and said it aimed at raising the country’s green wealth from 12 to 20 percent in the next decade. 
He then presented the project “Green River,” which consisted in turning Beirut River into a green area and a tourist attraction. Studies have been ongoing to execute it with the help of ERGA Group. 
The party also discussed its strategies and political manifesto for 2010. 
The Green Party of Lebanon was founded in June 2008 as a secular party committed to the preservation and protection of the environment, sustainable development and human rights in Lebanon. – The Daily Star
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