Human
Development

Preserving Our Natural Environment

Development Pillars / Human Development / Preserving Our Natural Environment

Pillar Objectives

Significant wealth can be gained from our natural environment if it is used responsibly and sustainably. However, Libya’s environmental endowment is being degraded by rapid population growth and economic activity. Increased demand for power, rising numbers of automobiles, and industrial development have had a significant impact on air quality, particularly in our coastal cities. Stricter enforcement of air quality regulations and adoption of pollution-free, efficient renewable energy technologies are needed to reduce the environmental impacts of growth. Industries and agriculture also contribute to water pollution through the release of untreated effluent and contamination of surface and underground water systems with agro-chemicals. Poor sanitation is also a source of pollution. Run-off water from urban areas eventually finds its way to the sea. Municipalities will need significant resources for sewage network infrastructure construction and maintenance and construction of treatment plants to more effectively deal with urban and industrial wastewater.

Next Objective:

Rebuilding Our National Identity

Transformation Projects for Preserving Our Natural Environment

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Develop a national policy for air quality control to manage air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions along with penalty systems to ensure compliance
  • Establish an air quality monitoring network to generate real-time readings
  • Establish a national reporting mechanism to track harmful emissions
  • Reduce emissions from oil and gas flaring with waste heat recovery, carbon capture, and sequestration technologies

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Publicize government efforts to conserve water, manage waste and discharge, improve air quality, and protect biodiversity
  • Anchor awareness campaigns in the concepts of intergenerational justice and the rights of future generations
  • Identify demonstration projects that reflect good practice
  • Integrate environmental education into the national curricula

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Reduce air pollution and related chronic diseases
  • Reduce domestic fuel consumption and government spending on fuel subsidies while increasing export levels

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Develop a comprehensive transportation strategy for urban areas
  • Implement bus-only lanes to offer faster transit service at a low cost
  • Restrict peak-hour curbside parking on congested streets and dedicate the added capacity to bus-only lanes

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Update water laws to establish quality requirements, discharge controls, and incentives for conservation
  • Conduct in-depth leakage studies to improve the reliability of water transport systems and reduce lost revenues due to inefficient transport and storage
  • Reduce leakage rates, which are as high as 50%, associated with a structural, pipe, and other equipment failures

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Build accountability for agricultural, industrial, residential, and commercial water use through metering and controlled access to reservoirs and pumping stations
  • Encourage water conservation and the adoption of sustainable practices.
  • Implement more focused targeting of subsidies to vulnerable populations

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Improve energy rationalization and encourage rationalization of consumption
  • Accelerating investment in renewable energy technologies by engaging the private sector
  • Reducing harmful emissions to air from fossil fuel combustion

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Develop a sustainable strategy for water production and transport that reduces the usage of non-renewable resources
  • Support the viability of Libya’s renewable energy sector

Transformation Project Profile


Transformation Project Objective

  • Expand the industrial sector while mandating the use of international best practices to maximize process efficiency and reduce harmful waste
  • Reduce industrial consumption of domestic fuel to increase energy export capacity
  • Increase industry awareness through mandatory emissions monitoring and reporting