Millions of Syrians are fleeing to Jordan and Lebanon. Local authorities there face major challenges to provide drinking water, garbage- and sewage disposal. Through VNG International experts from Amsterdam, The Hague and Almere share their knowledge and expertise.

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Millions of Syrians are fleeing to Jordan and Lebanon. Local authorities there face major challenges to provide drinking water, garbage- and sewage disposal. Through VNG International experts from Amsterdam, The Hague and Almere share their knowledge and expertise.

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A REFUGEE NEEDS MORE THAN JUST FOOD AND SHELTER

More than one and a half million Syrians have taken refuge in neighbouring countries Lebanon and Jordan. They fled their homes to find safety in buildings and tents.

Emergency relief provides essentials like food and water. But more is needed. Like basic public services, sewage or waste management. That is a major challenge for local authorities already seriously overstretched by providing facilities for so many refugees.

That is why VNG International and the municipalities of Amsterdam, The Hague, and Almere are helping local authority staff in Lebanon and Jordan to build a sound basis for these communities. To meet their needs, today and tomorrow.

THE EXPERTISE OF OUR COLLEAGUES FROM THE NETHERLANDS HELPS US WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE WASTE PROBLEM.

TONI SWEIDEH

MEMBER OF AITANIT COUNCIL, LEBANON

The poorest refugees are often forced to live near areas not fit for human habitation such as waste dumps or polluted rivers.

I’m thrilled that my knowledge and experience from The Hague is so valuable on the other side of the world.

Henry Terlouw

Senior waste expert from The Hague municipality

Cleaning up these areas improves the environment and public health and provides economic opportunities for both existing communities and the newly arrived Syrian refugees.

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1.500.000+Syrian refugees

The arrival of over 1.5 million Syrian refugees presents Jordan and Lebanon with major planning and public services challenges.

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Dutch experts

The Netherlands is supporting them with knowledge and expertise on issues like waste collection, water and infrastructure.

Example of expertise

Infrastructure

Together with the municipality of Amsterdam, VNG International looked at ways to guarantee the long-term economic sustainability of the Zaa'tari camp in Jordan.

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Waste

Solving the waste problem is a top priority. Collection and recycling does not just reduce health risks, it could also make money over time.

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Water

In the next two years LOGOReP will work together with our colleagues in Jordan and Lebanon on how to install drinking water facilities.

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JOINING FORCES
Henry Terlouw is a senior waste expert from The Hague municipality. And now works temporarily with Toni Sweideh of Aitanit council, Lebanon.

HENRY TERLOUW: ‘A waste management issue sounds abstract. What we’re dealing with in Lebanon is decomposing cow carcasses, rotting food leftovers and heaps of burning waste. The stench is terrible. It’s not healthy for people to live in all that mess.’

TONI SWEIDEH: ‘Waste management is our most pressing problem. Our waste collection and processing wasn’t very efficient to start with. Now it’s under even greater pressure through the influx of refugees. Henry knows a lot more about waste solutions than we do. He’s helped us take concrete actions: we’re covering the waste heaps, preparing a recycling plan and a waste separation campaign. We’re learning lots from this intensive collaboration, which we can pass on to colleagues in the region.’

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Waste reduction in lebanon

A refugee camp in Ghazze, Lebanon, is right next to a huge waste heap where people dumped everything from kitchen…

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