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November, 2016

  • 23 November

    Heaven’s eyes: Luc Hoffmann, unsung hero of nature conservation

    A portrait of Luc taken in the Rheinthal (Switzerland) in May 2007.

    Born into the wealthy family that founded the Roche pharmaceutical and chemical giant, Luc Hoffman turned his back on the comforts of wealth at an early age, writes James Breiding, and dedicated his life, and his money, to conservation. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to this man of few words, encyclopedic knowledge, decisive action and unswerving commitment. …

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October, 2016

  • 24 October

    1st Mediterranean Plant Conservation Week: “Building a regional network to conserve plants and cultural diversity”


    SPNL attended the first Plant Conservation Week which was held in Ulcinj, Montenegro from Oct.24 to Oct.29. Botanists; civil society institutions working in the plant conservation field; community members; and those interested in including plant conservation programmes into their conservation or sustainable development projects, attended the workshop. The workshop was a successful opportunity for bringing together audiences and stakeholders who have worked or currently working on conserving …

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  • 13 October

    My experience with a very generous man, Luc Hofmann

    Dr. Ghassan Ramadan Jaradi

    * Ghassan Ramadan Jaradi In September 1973, I was registered to prepare a PhD of ornithology in Saint Jerome University (Aix-Marseille III University) at the Laboratory of Ecology under the supervision of Professor Jean Giudicelli and under the direction of the ornithologist Jacques Blondel, Maitre de Research at CNRS Montpellier at that time. As far as I remember, the university was …

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  • 4 October

    Luc Hoffmann’s Memorial Ceremony in Beirut


    For his kindness and devotion and for his endless support to SPNL and Lebanon the Ambassador of Switzerland H.E. Mr. François Barras and SPNL have hosted a ceremony in memory of Dr. Luc Hoffmann on Tues.Oct.4th at the Ambassador of Switzerland residence. The ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Environment, Lebanese NGOs, SPNL team, and the Director …

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September, 2016

  • 11 September

    Bow and Arrow in the Hands of Homat Al Hima of Kherbet Kanafar


    A Training was held on bow and arrow in the West Bekaa Country club WBCC by SPNL and “the Center of the Middle East for Sustainable Hunting” in cooperation with “Hunting Magazine” to a group of Homat Al Hima of Kherbet Kanafar.This training is a complement to several training sessions and activities related to eco-tourism and sustainable hunting and the …

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August, 2016

  • 19 August

    Luc Hoffmann Memorial Ceremony, at Tour du Valat, Camarque, South France


    By Assad Serhal – SPNL Director General Twenty years have passed, since our first encounter with Luc, where my wife Zeina and I were invited to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and National Resources (IUCN) Anniversary, at the place where it got established since 50 years before, at Napoleon Bonaparte Palace, Fontainebleau forest, France. I was asked …

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  • 11 August

    Homat Al Hima celebrates International Youth Day


    A workshop was held on August.11.2016 in the Cultural Center of Byblos / Jbeil through the generous support of the European Union as a dedication for the International Youth Day stressing on the leading role of the children in evaluating and supporting natural and cultural resources, sustainably using these resources, and spreading the awareness on to their friends and families. The …

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July, 2016

  • 30 July

    You can track SPNL’s interactive maps using Tahaki platform

    SPNL Map

    Creating meaningful maps just got easier Using Tahaki Platform. Recently SPNl created two maps. The first one is related to Lebanon’s Important Bird Areas and the second is related to SPNL’s projects mapping platform. Tahaki is online free social mapping platform for NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa region to map their data and engage their communities. Lebanon’s Important Bird Areas   SPNL Mapping platform

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  • 19 July

    Homat Al Hima trip to “Darb Al Maaz”


    By Zaynab Rady* Lebanon is dealing with unprecedented spike in illegal hunting, overexploiting wildlife resource. Illegal hunting is one of the biggest threats to the living ecosystem and natural necessities. The evils of illegal hunting could be a chief cause of species population and potential extinction. Actually, we must face the truth that we are killers of those other species …

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  • 14 July

    Mediterranean Consortium Midyear workshop in Guadalaviar – Spain


    SPNL team has participated on the Mediterranean Consortium Midyear workshop that was held in Guadalaviar Spain from July 10 to July 14 2016. The Constortium’s Spanish Partner Tranhumancia y Naturalezea made sure to host the workshop in Guadalaviar for it is the key location for transhumance and home for one of the chief museums on Transhumance in Spain. Discussions on …

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  • 4 July

    Sensational Butterflies at the Natural History Museum


    Enjoy a perfect family experience at the Natural History Museum’s Sensational Butterflies exhibition this summer. Assad Serhal,  Director General of Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon- SPNL , visited the exhibition  and met with the Butterflies expert discussing future collaboration with SPNL. SPNL recently published a “Field guide to Butterflies of Lebanon and the Middle East Written and Illustrated by Husein …

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  • 4 July



    Dear Friends and partners We wish you and your family a very blessed EID Mubarak.  May God bless you with good health, peace, joy, and prosperity for the holiday and always.  For those who celebrate the holiday, we wish you a blessed EID and for those who do not, we wish you the best for the years to come.  Let …

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June, 2016

  • 4 June

    Homat Al Hima training on Water and Sustainable Agriculture


    As part of the series of trainings that SPNL is conducting under Homat Al Hima, the 7th training on Water and Sustainable Agriculture took place on Saturday June 4th, 2016. The training workshop was conducted in Al Hima center located in the village of Kfar Zabad, with the attendance of participants from the local communities of both Anjar and Kfar …

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May, 2016

  • 24 May

    Mescapes Project Results Summary


    By Shalimar Sinno , Project Coordinator MedScapes Project, which has been funded by the multilateral cross-border cooperation “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme” of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI CBC-MED 2007-2013), has successfully come to an end. For the past two years, MedScapes brought together eight partners from four countries –Cyprus, Greece, Jordan and Lebanon: Laona Foundation for the Conservation …

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