SPNL's News

January, 2017

  • 26 January

    How Homat Al Hima is protecting Anjar’s Riparian forest

    By Berj Tumberian Back in 2013 16th of August, when this small, two hectare Riparian forest in Hima Anjar, the home for the threatened river otter and many other bird species, was given to be controlled by the municipality of Anjar instead of the ministry of agriculture, and all that because of the voluntary work of the youth in cleaning it …

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  • 21 January

    Homat Al Hima Finds Den of Red Fox Pups in Anjar

    By Bassam Alkantar SPNL’s Homat Al Hima of Anjar camera trap watches a den of red foxes in the wild forest of Hima Anjar, Bekaa Valley, Eastern Lebanon. Our most frequent comment by far is that young foxes are not called “pups,” but “kits.” While “kits” is an accurate term for young foxes, “pups” is also correct. Berj Tumberian, one …

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  • 15 January

    Please help support Save the Seagull, add a #Twibbon now!

    SPNL asks Lebanese authorities to Stop mindless tyranny aimed at innocent seagulls. Please help support Save the Seagull, add a #Twibbon now!

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December, 2016

  • 23 December

    Happy Holidays from Hima Ma’abourAlAbyad

    Holiday is a joyful way to escape, From the hectic schedule of life! Here’s wishing you happy holiday, Go on and enjoy ! Assad Serhal – SPNL Director General SPNL AND HIMA COMMUNITIES WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THIS CHRISTMAS AND FOR THE NEW YEAR

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  • 2 December

    More than 2000 visitors coming to Hima Anjar during 2016

    SPNL is glad to share with you the record of reported visits to Hima Anjar site during 2016.The record shows more than 2000 visitors coming to try the Hima activities in one year ! Hima Sustainability could be assured through the capacity building of Hima Youth, and the empowerment of motivated young from the local communities. Homat Al Hima (HH) …

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November, 2016

  • 23 November

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

    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

    * 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

    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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