His Excellency Dr. Nasser Yassin Minister of Environment, Lebanon

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Ministry of Environment
Population 4.3 million
Area 10,452 sq km (4,036 sq miles)
Major language Arabic
GDP(PPP) USD85.16 Billion
Per Capita Income USD 18,500
Lebanon is a sovereign state in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Pelestine to the south, while Cyprus is west across the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland facilitated its rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity.

Despite its small size, the country has developed a well-known culture and has been highly influential in the Arab world. Before the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990), the country experienced a period of relative calm and renowned prosperity, driven by tourism, agriculture, commerce, and banking. Because of its financial power and diversity in its heyday, Lebanon was referred to as the "Switzerland of the East" during the 1960s, and its capital, Beirut, attracted so many tourists that it was known as "the Paris of the Middle East". At the end of the war, there were extensive efforts to revive the economy and rebuild national infrastructure. In spite of these troubles, Lebanon has the highest Human Development Index and GDP per capita in the Arab world, to the exclusion of the oil-rich economies of the Persian Gulf.

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Quick Facts

Per Capita MSW Generation 1.05 Kg/day (weighted average over the country)
Urban Areas 0.95 - 1.2kg/day
Rural Areas 0.8kg/day
MSW Generation Growth 1.65 % per year
MSW Generation Growth 25,040 Tons/year
Industrial Waste 188,850 Tons/year

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