An ambitious new project called Blue Gold was launched at the Phoenicia hotel on December 10 during a huge ceremony. Blue Gold is a 5-year plan to manage Lebanon’s water resources, highlight its importance and use water as national wealth to leverage the national economy. The event, held under the patronage of President Michel Suleiman, and started by the Civic Influence Hub (CIH) gathered over a thousand people, including politicians, ambassadors, economic authorities, academics, experts, journalists and civil society members. Members of CIH and those involved with the initiative gave speeches to commemorate the start of Blue Gold. For more information and to vote for Blue Gold visit the website: www.bluegoldlebanon.com and Facebook: bluegoldlebanon or send bluegold to 1329 by SMS.