MAIA-TAQA successful wastewater treatment pilot launched in Lebanon!


The Euro Lebanese Center for Industrial Modernization (ELCIM) at the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) organized the inauguration ceremony of the wastewater pilot treatment plant established at IRI headquarters in Hadat on the 12th July 2023, co-financed by the European Union within the framework of the ENI CBC Med Program, as part of the “MAIA-TAQA” project. 

The recent inauguration of the MAIA-TAQA pilot project was not just a ceremonial event; it turned into a dynamic platform for engaging discussions and motivational speeches. The event brought together experts, thought leaders, and enthusiasts from various fields to share their insights and ideas on the pressing matters of sustainable wastewater treatment and environmental conservation.

Distinguished Guests and Key Figures: The launch event witnessed the gracious presence of esteemed personalities who have been instrumental in driving this visionary project forward. His Excellency Mr. George Bouchikian graced the occasion, along with Dr. Bassam Frenn, the Director General of the Industrial Research Institute Lebanon. Mr. Selim Zeenni, the President of the Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), and Dr. Bassam Badran, President of the Lebanese University, also joined us, underlining the collaborative efforts undertaken.

Strong Collaborative Efforts: The MAIA-TAQA pilot project brings together key stakeholders from diverse sectors. Representatives from the EU delegation lent their support, alongside a dedicated representative from the Ministry of Environment. The participation of numerous stakeholders from Lebanon's renewable energy sector further underscores the collective commitment to sustainable solutions.

Extensive Media Coverage: Media excitement was palpable, with prominent TV channels, newspapers, and leading websites converging to cover this monumental event. Journalists seized the opportunity to engage with project experts, posing thought-provoking questions that delved into the project's intricacies and its potential for widespread replication.

Inspiring Discussions and Milestones: The launch event resonated with insightful dialogues and motivating speeches. Dr. Talal Salem, a driving force behind the project, took center stage to provide a comprehensive overview of the pilot project's milestones and complexities. His presentation shed light on the project's multifaceted nature and its far-reaching impact on wastewater treatment and reuse.

Capturing Moments of Enthusiasm: We invite you to relive the exhilarating moments of the launch through this video

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