The Lebanese Oil and Gas Initiative (LOGI) joined PWYP in 2015 as Lebanon’s first member, enabling it to access global organisations with the expertise, experience and resources to build transparency in the country’s emerging oil and gas sector. The oganisation’s goals are legal and policy reform to promote extractive transparency, and mitigation of the environmental impact of extraction. In 2017, with PWYP’s support, LOGI successfully advocated for the country’s Strategic Environmental Assessment for oil and gas extraction to be repeated, to higher standards.
In 2018, LOGI also advocated successfully for publication of Lebanon’s first Exploration and Production Agreements. The country has officially started the 3-5 year exploration process via a consortium of Total, ENI and Novatek, aiming to uncover commercially viable oil and gas reserves. LOGI is currently lobbying for the government to develop a national oil and gas strategy to shape laws related to the management of future extractive revenue.
LOGI also works to strengthen civil society’s role in the oil and gas sector. In 2017, Lebanon declared its intention to implement the EITI. In response, CSOs including LOGI formed a coalition, “The Lebanese Coalition for Good Governance in the Extractive Industries”, supported by major international foundations. The coalition aims at strengthening civil society’s role in the nascent oil and gas sector. It has elected a steering committee and is currently applying for PWYP membership to enhance its regional and international credibility and profile.