Development for People and Nature Association

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Lebanese NGO based in Saida, working on political participation, human rights and environment protection.
Last updated: December 2019

The Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA) works since 2003 with local communities on human rights, environment protection and development. Its target population are children, youth people, women and marginalised people. The Association encourages and addresses civil participation in political decision making, focusing on empowerment and leadership building through workshops.

DPNA supports local initiatives by providing aid in order to develop projects connected to the welfare of the community and promote a culture of non-violence. In the projects, it has addressed society relating to problems that affect children and young people, so that education, training and even job opportunities can be opened up for them.

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DPNA is aware that development cannot destroy natural resources, but it must contribute to conservation. Therefore it executes recycling campaigns for the suitable sorting of rubbish. They had this view, way before the garbage crisis in Lebanon  in 2015 that is still somehow unresolved. During this crisis, they introduced more activities to spread awareness among youth in the South and North on recycling and preserving the environment in their communities, and how to manage natural resources peacefully and resolve any potential conflicts with Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

In 2014, DPNA established al Multaqa, an open, interactive space for youth in Saida and a hub for communication and cultural activities that are free for all.

It has also worked to provide psychological support for Syrian refugees, as well as organizing joint summer camps for Lebanese and Syrians in the South and Beqaa. It works to spread awareness against early marriages among refugees and underprivileged host communities.

"Better together" was a project for youth among the Syrians and hosting communities. hundreds of young people along with artists worked together and explored via all kinds of arts. The result was a short movie, a comic and musical production, and a lot of mutual understanding. "Generations for Peace" is a partner of DPNA in summer camps and year long activities to bring youth together and provide them with a healthy environment to find common grounds for social cohesion. It involves Syrian and Palestinian children as well. Training on online language and photography are open to all. It is also raising awareness on the new oil and gas sector in Lebanon."The Youth Resolve" project promotes peacebuilding among Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian youth through arts sessions.

The organization also expended it work to Northern Lebanon as well.

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