Bou Aoun said 54 percent of the country’s 5.3 million square meters of coastal construction is illegal. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Order of Engineers and Architects has a responsibility to draw attention to illegal coastal construction and put pressure on authorities responsible for these violations, the organization's head Jad Tabet said Wednesday.This figure was presented at the conference by Cynthia Bou Aoun, a professor of architecture at the Lebanese University of Fine Arts, who also noted that the sea remains out of sight from 50 percent of Beirut's area, and that 54 percent of the country's 5.3 million square meters of coastal construction is illegal – the other 46 percent having been legalized through the use of decrees.Nader noted that Lebanon's so-called "worthless" rocky beaches comprised some 80 percent of the shoreline and were largely unique.Bou Aoun noted that a series of decrees around Lebanon's 1925 law, made throughout the second half of the 20th century, paved the way for much of the subsequent coastal works.The few laws that have been put forward to deal with coastal violations are lackluster and may even exacerbate the problem, Fawaz said.
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