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SPNL is an a-political organisation, working at the national level in a collaborative and transparent manner. SPNL bases its work on sound science and passionate commitment, which through transparent and democratic processes, leads to a well-informed public. SPNL strives to conserve biodiversity for the provision of a better quality of life through sustaining sites, habitats, species and people.

The Eurasian Skylark still faces a number of threats in Lebanon

By Fouad Itani The Eurasian Skylark is a small passerine bird from the Alaudidae family. It measures 18 cm in length, with a wingspan of 39 cm, and an average weight of 40 g. Like most larks, the Eurasian Skylark is a brown to sandy grey bird, it has a buff breast with dark streaks, a white belly, and a …

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Please welcome SPNL’s 20th Hima at Aitanite – West Bekaa

22 December 2017  was an important day for SPNL welcoming Aitanite’s municipal council decree to declare the village as Hima. The municipal council, , led by M. Assaad Najem, was proactive in declaring part of the municipal land as Hima for sustainable use such as ecotourism, responsible hunting, and grazing.  This marks the 4th Hima at the eastern slopes of the Shouf …

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Wing & Waves Newsletter November – December 2017

SPNL’s Wing & Waves Newsletter November – December 2017 Building the ecologic and socio-economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain and West Beqaa Landscape Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and Al Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) will be working together on a symbolic and pilot sites in the Shouf Mountain and West Beqaa in Lebanon. As part of …

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How Small Actions Can Make A Big Difference

2018 will be “Year of the Bird”, thanks to an exciting new campaign with National Geographic, National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. We’re calling on you to “bird your world”, starting with discovering why your backyard is a jigsaw piece for an entire continent By Shaun Hurrell You wake up, what do you hear? You look out …

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Lead poisoning: the long goodbye

By Gui-Xi Young 1 million birds are fatally poisoned in Europe each year by ingesting lead shot from expended cartridges. The EU’s European Chemicals Agency is currently considering an EU-wide ban on the use of lead shot for hunting in wetlands. It is running an online public consultation on the issue until 21st December. Join BirdLife Europe and TAKE ACTION! TAKE …

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Red List 2017: seabirds starving, songbirds trapped, hope for pelican and kiwis

overfishing and climate change are pushing seabirds such as Black-legged Kittiwake and Cape Gannet closer to extinction, according to the latest update on the conservation status of the world’s birds by BirdLife International for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. By Shaun Hurrell On land, the Snowy Owl is also struggling to find food in the North American Arctic.The …

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SPNL honours Liban Cables for adopting environmentally friendly systems

On 31 October 2017, Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL, team visited Liban Cables Factory in Nahr-Ibrahim. The purpose of the visit was to honour the Chairman and President of Liban Cables, Mr. Bassem El-Hibri and the team of Liban Cables, in recognition to the solar power plant installation in the factory that will ease the pressure …

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News in Photos: Birdlife Global Councillors November, 2017

Birdlife Global Councillors, November 2017 at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)        

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Book Review: A Guide to 200 Common Birds of Lebanon, by Richard Prior

By Mike Blair, Ornithological Society of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia   This is a splendid starter book for anyone in Lebanon, young or old, who has become interested in birds. If I had received a book like this in UK when I was young (that’s over 60 years ago!), I would have been delighted, as doubtless so …

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Building the ecologic and socio-economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain and West Beqaa Landscape

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and Al Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) will be working together on a symbolic and pilot sites in the Shouf Mountain and West Beqaa in Lebanon. As part of the MAVA Foundation’s recently launched 2016-2022 strategy, 15 partners in the Mediterranean are collaborating to implement a 6-year programme aimed at conserving Mediterranean …

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