The National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon (CNRS-L) was delighted to receive an invitation from CDR President, Eng. Nabil El Jisr, to deliver a presentation to CDR Engineers on CANA-CNRS activities in the fields of Bathymetry and Marine
Pollution. The invitation came as a direct follow-up to the CANA-CNRS high level vessel visit on May 26, 2014 – organised on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the launching of the project.
On June 3, 2014, the Secretary General of CNRS-L, Dr. Mouïn Hamzé, and the Research Team of CANA project, presented the results achieved by the project and the potentialities of the CANA-CNRS scientific research vessel.
Gaby Khalaf, Director of the CNRS-National Centre for Marine Sciences, delivered a presentation on the Centre’s monthly monitoring of the Lebanese coastal waters and on the recent studies implemented to estimate the pollution deriving from heavy metal contaminants and domestic waste-waters.
Alexandre Sursock, Director of the CNRS-National Centre for Geophysical Research presented latest outstanding results obtained in the production of a bathymetric map of the area surrounding Greater Beirut (Jounyeh-Beirut-Khaldeh) CNRS-L is in the process of securing sustainability to the actions implemented by the CANA project putting the basis for becoming the main governmental service provider on marine scientific matters.
At this stage, waste-water management is a key engagement of CDR: working to reduce the impact of urban and industrial discharges in the sea. This effort will need reliable sets of information on the features of the coastal seabed and on the current level of pollution. CANA is well equipped with the instruments and has acquired the capacities to collect, analyse and provide such information.
Following the presentations, CDR President, Eng. El Jisr, communicated a strong willingness and commitment to work with the CNRS-CANA Team towards the implementation of three main tasks:
1. Monitoring the quality of the waters surrounding newly activated water-treatment plants and to provide baseline information to evaluate the efficacy of the plants.
2. To undertake specific bathymetric maps of coastal areas surrounding the plants in order to identify the correct path of the pipes that will collect the outflows of the treatment stations.
3. To study the presence of submerged freshwater springs in Lebanese waters and to evaluate the use of this valuable resource.