Opponents of the project have warned against cutting down trees at the site.
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The Janna Dam project has been at the forefront of political discussions, amid a severe division between those supporting and opposing the development. Both sides have stuck to their guns, leading observers to believe that the contentious project has a political twist rather than solely an environmental debate. The Free Patriotic Movement is among the main defenders of the proposed dam, which is being built in the Janna valley in Mount Lebanon. The dam project plans to provide 30 million cubic meters of water to the areas of Jbeil, Kesrouan, and Beirut. However, FPM lawmaker Walid Khoury defended the dam, saying that there was a political issue against the development.Earlier in the day, Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt defended the construction of the Janna Dam.Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk said Friday that the matter wasn't political but called on the government to find alternatives to the proposed Janna Dam, saying its construction would lead to an environmental disaster.
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