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Killing Fields and Safe Havens for Birds in Lebanon | Lush Summit 2018

The Committee Against Birdslaughter’s (CABS) Axel Hirschfield and SPNL’s Assad Serhal discuss exposing bird crime in Lebanon, and the positive steps that are being taken to stop illegal hunting. The Audio file is now available on Lush Player.  

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The Silence of the Leaders

By Gui-Xi Young A ‘Silence of the Lambs’-inspired demonstration organised by BirdLife in Brussels last Friday saw 133 European NGOs demand more money for the EU to protect biodiversity. With nature conservation glaringly absent from the discussions on the future of Europe, civil society called on those gathered to break the ‘Silence of the Leaders’. It’s been almost 30 years since …

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OUR BLUE PLANET Saving the Earth for the Future

Every year, two major contributors to the solution of global environmental problems are selected as winners of the Blue Planet Prize. The 2017 winners are Professor Hans J. Schellnhuber, a theoretical physicist from Germany, and Professor Gretchen C. Daily, a biologist from the United States. Professor Hans J. Schellnhuber, Founder and Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research …

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Christmas 2017 collaborated with “Dent De Lait”

SPNL in Christmas 2017 collaborated with “Dent De Lait” under a Christmas Initiative Project. Dent De Lait is a preschool and an entertainment center designed to educate children on the importance of environmental awareness and global citizenship. Dent De Lait aims to see the next generation grow up and thrive as responsible, tolerant, happy human beings who respect their planet. The Christmas …

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CEPF launches new 5-year investment to protect Mediterranean nature

From the huge Dalmatian Pelican in the Balkans, to vulnerable trees in the Middle East and nesting turtles in North Africa, the wildlife in developing countries in the Mediterranean Basin has been given a renewed hope of preservation, restoration and protection through a second phase of investment by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), which will be managed by BirdLife …

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Governance Overarching Initiative Project Kick off Meeting

SPNL in collaboration with Mediterranean Institute for Nature and Anthropos (Medina), Global Diversity Foundation (GDF), and Trashumancia y Naturaleza (TyN) launched the Governance Overarching Initiative Project by a Kick off Meeting on Skype on Dec.13.2017. The meeting covered the action plan of the project, activities to be covered, and the way forward. Each of the partners discussed their inputs and …

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MEDFORVAL Annual Meeting 2017 hosted by Shouf Biosphere Reserve

The 31 participants present at the annual meeting of the MEDFORVAL Network, held from 23 to 26 October in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve in Lebanon (SBR), representing the 19 sites of the Network, partners and the MAVA Foundation, exchanged best practices and began to outline the future of the MEDFORVAL Network in the framework of the end of the project …

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Cover crops provide bed and breakfast layover for migrating birds

After harvesting a corn or soybean crop, farmers may plant a cover crop for a variety of reasons — to reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff, increase organic matter in the soil, and improve water quality. Now there’s another reason. University of Illinois research shows that migratory birds prefer to rest and refuel in fields with cover crops. “Here in …

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Momentum grows to save world’s migratory wildlife 

World governments attending this year’s largest wildlife summit have collectively endorsed actions on the conservation of a wide range of migratory species, many of which are near-extinct. The week-long CMS COP12 ended in Manila today with decisions on 34 species in submissions made by 24 Parties from Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania. These include actions on Africa’s great carnivores, 10 …

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Manila Wildlife Summit to Underscore Critical Role of Wildlife in Sustainable Development

The Twelfth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP12) opened in the Philippines today. It marks the first time CMS has convened a COP in Asia since the international treaty was adopted in Bonn, Germany in 1979. and came into force in 1985. CMS COP12 is …

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