ATRAC called on a mission to Lebanon

Mar 24, 2021

In late February, large amounts of oil slicks of unknown composition and origin were observed off the coasts of Israel and Lebanon. Two weeks later, the Lebanese government is seeking help from REMPEC, which is mobilizing ATRAC, and director Vedran Martinić and associate Anja Pilepić are traveling to Lebanon on March 22 for a two-week mission. This is ATRAC’s first long-term mission, as its operations so far have been mainly in the Adriatic area.

The mission aims to determine the extent of pollution, provide advisory services and provide education, and prepare the Lebanese government for further intervention steps to clean up the coast and to minimize environmental impact. The planned program of the mission includes a four-day tour of the coast from the border with Israel to the northern part of Lebanon, specifically the city of Byblos, as well as accompanying meetings and training. Given the current situation in the world in terms of the pandemic, but also the political situation in Lebanon, this will certainly be a demanding and difficult mission.