SPNL's News

October, 2018

  • 15 October

    Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

    The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 were announced today. The MIDORI Prize is a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional, or local levels. The winners …

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  • 14 October

    Assad Serhal the Director General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) Wins Midori Prize 2018 in Biodiversity

    Assad Serhal, the Director General of Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon), was named among the winners of the 2018 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity. The full list of winners of the 2018 MIDORI Prize are: Dr. Kathy MacKinnon (U.K.) Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Mr. Assad Serhal (Lebanon) Director General, Society for the Protection …

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September, 2018

  • 14 September

    SPNL is taking the lead on the National Coordination Group for KBA partnership

    The current trend internationally for site ecological declaration is the KBA approach /concept. Twelve international conservation organizations joined forces and established the KBA partnership in order to achieve this goal, and standardize the criteria. One of the principles of the KBA Programme is the strong involvement of local experts and stakeholders in the identification and documentation of KBAs. To ensure …

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July, 2018

  • 12 July

    Mava Leaders for Nature Academy First Face-to-Face Meeting

    MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is a leadership development programme for professionals from partner organizations of the MAVA Foundation. It brings together two generations of leaders – senior and young professionals. The Academy aims to develop leaders who can bring about positive change both within and across partner organizations to increase their sustainability and impact. The Academy will run each …

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  • 10 July

    SPNL Participation in The Garden Show and Spring Festival

    As part of the co-funding from Lebanon Traveler (USAID) for the development of 6 interpretive signs for the Botanic/butterfly garden trail establishment in West Bekaa Country Club in Hima Kherbet Kanafar, SPNL participated in the garden show and spring festival from May 30 to June 2, 2018. The festival is Beirut premier Spring event that has been organized for 15 consecutive …

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June, 2018

  • 30 June

    SPNL team visits Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz

    SPNL Team had a meeting with Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz. The aim of the meeting was to organize for the World Migratory Bird Day 2018 event. The event shall take place at the Presidential Palace in the first week of October. Mrs. Roukoz was very impressed to hear about the butterfly garden and trail that being implemented by SPNL at …

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  • 28 June

    SPNL Highlights New Volunteer Opportunities to Help Save the Environment

    “Are you passionate about the environment? Do you have a lot of time on your hands? If yes, would you be interested in volunteering to help with environmental conservation projects in Lebanon? The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) is one of Lebanon’s oldest environmental NGOs, founded in the 1980s. A major part of SPNL’s focus is …

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  • 19 June

    Intern-volunteer vacancy to monitor biodiversity of the Shouf and West Bekaa landscape

    As part of the Mava Shouf Project, “Building the ecologic and socio-economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain Landscape by restoring and strengthening the socio-cultural fabric which sustains its biodiversity and cultural values”, SPNL is looking for enthusiastic college graduates with a scientific background to be working as volunteers/interns on the scientific component of the project precisely on the monitoring of …

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  • 18 June

    Assad Serhal Nominated for MIDORI Prize by Birdlife International

    The Director General of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon or SPNL, Assad Serhal, was nominated for the Midori Prize for his work to advance nature conservation within his homeland of Lebanon, working tirelessly for pragmatic win-win solutions that are equally good for nature and people. The MIDORI Prize was established by the AEON Environmental Foundation in …

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  • 9 June

    SDC New Water Project in West Baalback Region

    Project in SPNL, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), West Baalback Union of Municipalities, and the Bekaa Water Establishment have joined forces to initiate the Hima and Homat Al Hima approach for the sustainable water use and management in the West Baalbak Region. The project is an extension to the previously initiated project in the West Bekaa region titled “Empowering Local communities, for Water resources …

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May, 2018

  • 5 May

    Afaf Osseiran elected new SPNL president

    All of the 12 nominees listed in SPNL’s nomination Circular were elected by acclamation. The New president of SPNL is Ms. Afaf Osseiran, wife of the late president Ramzi El Saidi. She will be the first woman that will lead SPNL towards the continuous efforts to save nature in Lebanon. The list of the new board was as follows: Ms. …

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  • 1 May

    SPNL signs MOU with The Cooperation without Borders (CWB) for Tailored Development

    On 24 November 2017, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Cooperation without Borders (CWB) for Tailored Development. Whereas SPNL mission is to protect nature, birds, and biodiversity in Lebanon and promote the sustainable use of resources by reviving the concept of Al Hima; Whereas, CWB mission is to promote community-based socio-economic …

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April, 2018

  • 30 April

    Olive Oil & Rewilding | Lush Summit 2018

    Olive oil has regenerative power not only for our bodies, but the right farming approaches can help integrate war refugees, protect ancient habitats and cultures and prevent the illegal slaughter of birds. We’ll hear about the power of olive oil from three projects Lush sources from in Lebanon, Turkey, and Spain.

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  • 21 April

    Ramzi El Saidi: A Lebanese hero of nature conservation

    Ramzi Saidi, SPNL’s president has passed away on Wednesday 28th of March 2018, in Lebanon. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to this man of few words, decisive action and unswerving commitment and his love for art and nature. Saidi life and achievements serve to highlight the bright side of human nature. He has put his intellectual talents and his …

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  • 21 April

    Ramzi El Saidi: Lifetime of Art collecting sums up a lifelong love

    SPNL.ORG is republishing this article in memory of SPNL late president Mr. Ramzi El Saidi who died on Wednesday 28th of March 2018.  It is said by artists and critics alike that the most important collections of art in the world are amassed not by museum committees or panels of jurors but by individuals. And moreover, that such collections tell you as …

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