Gaza War: Preliminary Findings on the Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact on Lebanon

Gaza War: Preliminary Findings on the Socio-Economic and Environmental Impact on Lebanon

December 18, 2023

The outbreak of the war in Gaza on has resulted in an additional layer of complexity to the already profound and multifaceted crisis that Lebanon has been struggling with for the past few years. The impact has started to be felt across sectors, and through a variety of transmission channels. The ongoing conflict around the Southern Lebanese border that has been triggered by the war is expected to have significant impact on key economic sectors in Lebanon, particularly tourism and services.  The economy of South Lebanon has been and will be affected, given the direct military attacks targeting a high number of southern villages and towns, the high displacement rates, and the reported shutdown of economic activity.    

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the report titled “Gaza war: Preliminary findings on the Socio-economic and environmental impact on Lebanon” on December 19, 2023. The report is an early attempt to take stock of losses and inflicted damages to: 1) provide evidence for the implementation of the triple nexus and thus complementing humanitarian assistance with developmental support, and 2) to provide an unbiased baseline to guide future programmatic responses of UNDP and partners for recovery, reconstruction and stabilization. 

The report is structured into four sections: 1) A brief description of on the Country context highlighting main economic and social indicators, 2) the main transmission channels of the impact of the conflict, including tourism, trade and financial flows 3) an analysis of the impact of the conflict on the southern Lebanese areas, detailing the direct and indirect losses and damages inflicted by the conflict on residents, local economy, livelihood and most importantly on the environment and natural resources, 4) conclusions and way froward articulating the main follow-up actions that should be taken building on the findings of the report.  

Document Type
Regions and Countries