theOtherDada is excited to be participating in a collaborative work helping Byblos to develop its Resilience strategy as a plan for the next 20 to 25 years.
Byblos was selected as one of the 100 Resilient Cities around the world by the U.S. based Rockefeller Foundation. What does it actually mean to be Resilient? Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to reduce the impact of any chronic stress or acute shock and to overcome the environmental, social and economic challenges. Within this frame, Byblos municipality with the help of professionals, identifies different threats and proposes strategic best practice solutions that will increase the resilience of the city.
Byblos protected as a world heritage site, is building on its cultural and historical attributes to devise its plan. The city needs to address several aspects to promote social cohesion, city peacefulness and economic prosperity, to protect its environment and to control chaotic urban development.
theOtherDada, Maya Karkour from Eco-Consulting and Sarah-Lily Yassine developed a framework within the Environmental Working Group to understand environmental limits and responsibilities. The group followed a multi-disciplinary approach that weaves sustainable urban development, ecosystem and resources management, cultural and natural landscape preservation, and human well-being. Three categories were deemed necessary to address and they are divided as follow: Ecosystem Conservation and Rehabilitation, Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure, and Outreach and Education.
The city’s heritage site and the rest of the urban development across the highway were targeted areas assessed within the study. theOtherdada focused on soft mitigation solutions aiming to restore biodiversity habitats, to protect existing natural resources, to alleviate pressure on existing infrastructure and manage stormwater, to mitigate erosion through artificial reefs, tires and green belt, to integrate educational and touristic programs within the city’s landscape.
The conclusion of our work as a group led us to develop a wide array of suggestions that are necessary to protect the environment and cultural landscape of the city. Byblos with its cultural landscape and natural resources needs to change its course of action to achieve a more resilient structure enabling the city to withstand the test of risks and disturbances.