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“Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”: Birdlife Sweden and SPNL Celebrating WMBD in Hima Ras El-Maten

On 1 October 2018 SPNL- Birdlife Lebanon and Birdlife Sweden announced an innovative partnership to increase awareness of the plight of migratory birds in Hima Ras El-Maten- Mount Lebanon. Articulating mainly on bird ringing at the newly established hima, for the benefit and involvement of all. Our Birdlife Sweden Bird Ringing Team of 4 persons, arrived Beirut yesterday and will …

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Please welcome SPNL’s 22nd Hima at Ras el-Matn

27 July 2018  was an important day for SPNL welcoming Ras el-Matn’s municipal council decree to declare the village as Hima. The municipal council, led by Mr. Marwan Salha, was proactive in declaring part of the municipal land as Hima for sustainable use such as ecotourism, responsible grazing, and responsible hunting.   The Hima will be established in coordination between the Society …

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Butterflies on display inside new Butterfly Haven in Hima Khorbet Kanafar

SPNL’s Expert in Freshwater Aquatic Ecosystems and Herpetology has liked butterflies his whole life. This year, Husein Zorkot’s dream of opening a butterfly pavilion is coming true. “The Butterfly Pavilion is now at Homat al Hima International Park in Khorbet Kanafar! The one and only Lepidopterarium in Lebanon! The pavilion will house a botanical herb garden plus be a place …

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Discover the New Hiking Trails of Kayfoun and Shimlan

Kayfoun and Shimlan hosted the launching of the hiking trail connecting the two villages. More than 25 people from the villages of Shimlan, Ainab, and Kayfoun hiked the trail with 2 local guides from Kayfoun, in presence of Rev’d Nabil Shehadeh and more than 12 kids from different ages. The day started at Mount Lebanon Hima Center, whereby an introduction …

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Aitanit hosts the launching of new project for the protection of water resources through Hima approach

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Municipality of Aitanit – West Bekaa, and SPNL have held a social event in the Church playground of Aitanit on July.3.2018. The event was a launching ceremony for the project “Empowering Local communities, for Water resources Protection in West Bekaa region through Hima Approach” funded by SDC. The aim of the …

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Selection of SPNL Monitoring Sites in West Bekaa Region- M6 Project

Several meetings with the municipalities of Hima Kherbet Kanafar, Ain Zebdeh, and Aitanit took place between May and June, 2018 in order to explain to the relevant stakeholders about the scientific component of the project and specifically the monitoring of the selected biodiversity indicators that will take place for three consecutive years starting 2018 by the national experts . Further, …

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Horwath HTL Visit to SPNL 


Horwath HTL, the global leader in hotel, tourism, and leisure consulting, has been assigned by MAVA Foundation under MAVA’s organizational development program. Horwath was consulted to assist and give strategic advice to SPNL for full NGO review, financial and sustainability strategy. Horwath team Mrs. Christina Choueifaty and Mr. Mehdi Belabbes have visited SPNL from May.21 to May.24 2018 to evaluate …

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SPNL and ACS biodiversity monitoring workshop in Maaser Al Shouf

On June 7 and 8, 2018, a joint workshop between the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) about biodiversity monitoring was held in the Park House in Maaser Al Shouf. The main aim of the workshop was to discuss and agree on the scientific component of the M6 project pertaining to Result …

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 Beehive at Hima Park Khorbet Kanafar

A swarm of honey bees decided an almond tree by the Hima Park Khorbet Kanafar was the best place to start up a colony. Their presence is a great indicator of the success of SPNL project at HHI Park, butterflies garden, and the surrounding hima farm. On 20 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly by consensus a resolution declaring …

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SPNL First Lodge and Hima Farm at Tyre

Since the inception of SPNL in 1984, the Saidi family placed its Tyre residence and gardens at the disposal of SPNL management and staff.  It was from this hub the last and most beautiful sandy beach was proclaimed a protected area. It was from this hub SPNL was able to stop the transfer of sand from this beach through the interference …

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