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arcenciel is a Lebanese based non-profit organization created in 1985 during the Lebanese civil war. arcenciel’s mission is to engage in the sustainable development of the society by supporting fragile groups and integrating marginalized people. Since its creation, arcenciel is non-denominational, non-political and works with and for anyone in difficulty.  


arcenciel’s activities are socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable, achieved through three main axes: Social: care of persons in need, Environmental: preservation of natural resources and Economic: cost-efficiency and financial autonomy. arcenciel’s strategy is based on Community Work (assessment of community needs), Service-Providing Institutions (across Lebanon offering specialized services with and for beneficiaries), and Public Program (guarantying a legal structure and stabilizing the other two pillars) 


arcenciel currently runs 9 programs: Agriculture, Environment, Mobility, Health, Responsible Tourism, Cultural, Social Support, Youth Empowerment, and Employment in centers distributed across all Lebanese regions. arcenciel is ISO 9001:2015 certified for management of projects.  


As part of its core pillars of action, arcenciel contribute to a cleaner Lebanon by promoting the significant reduction of the use of single-use plastics, and acts as a reference in the country for recycling. Likewise, in its sustainable tourism program measures have been implemented to drastically reduce plastic consumption. This is the case in arcenciel’s restaurant & training kitchen, ecolodge unit, as well as on their farm. In their centers bottles of water are being replaced for traditional Lebanese jars, and oil cans are sent back to factories to be reused or recycled. Additional measures are being implemented such as the disposal of plastic straws, promotion of the re-use of shopping bags, and the replacement of packaging with more sustainable alternatives.  


In the framework of the Global Tourism Plastics Initiative, arcenciel commits to: 


  • Encouraging its affiliated organisations and businesses or partners to join the GTPI by sharing its successes with affiliated organizations, business partners and travellers with the idea to communicate better practices at a local level and give positive reinforcement and incentives to strengthen our actions.  
  • Advising and guiding affiliated organisations and businesses or partners to better manage plastics in their operations by taking daily measures to enable its teams to respect and protect the environment and to achieve sustainable development objectives. The organization plans to source responsible materials when possible, offering alternatives to single-use plastics, and displaying recycling principles within their premises. 
  • Communicating successes to affiliated organisations and businesses, partners, travellers, and key local stakeholders via informal message but also through social media and on-site information display.