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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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Landscape assessment and analysis of Hima Kayfoun and Shimlan

On May 10 and 11, 2018, the students at the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management in the American University of Beirut (AUB) have presented their 3 months work of Landscape assessment and analysis of Kayfoun and Shimlan villages in front of a jury of professors and experts, municipal members of the two involved municipalities, and representatives of SPNL. …

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Birdlife ME delegation visited Hima Keyfoun

Birdlife ME director Ibrahim Khader and Migratory Soaring Birds project manager Ossam AlNouri visited today SPNL’s Mount Lebanon Hima Center and Keyfoun community center. The visit was a good chance to watch the soaring birds bottleneck areas over Mount Lebanon with the mayor of Keyfoun Ali Dagher, municipality member Malek Serhal, HHI members Andre Bechara and Adel Serhal, SPNL Director …

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SPNL to open the first butterfly garden at Hima Kherbet Kanafar

Butterfly gardening is a type of sustainable, low maintenance gardening that attracts and maintains butterflies year after year. Threats facing Lebanon’s 165 species of butterflies, many of them rare, endemic, and threatened, include habitat loss and degradation, deforestation, agricultural expansion and the use of agrochemicals, overgrazing, desertification, and climate change. Butterfly gardening is environment-friendly and encourages conservation by restoring habitats …

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Bridging the gap between the three major faiths and nature

As uncertainty shrouds our planet’s future. A resurgence of religious thought and action is underway. As part of our Voices for Nature series, JAKE LLOYD explores how three faith-based organisations are reimagining or rediscovering ways for earth’s four billion Jewish, Christian and Muslim people to repair their relationship with nature Jake Lloyd  | theecologist.org   In the Biblical account of creation, …

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Protecting Birds, Building Community – The Story of Hima in Lebanon

When Assad Serhal set out on a career to protect bird habitats in his native Lebanon, it led him to discover and resurrect an ancient tribal practice called ‘Hima’. In this podcast, we hear how his work with the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon is using the ‘Hima’ approach to bring nature and community closer together across …

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SPNL and AUB stipulate debate on the landscape of Shimlan

On March 29, 2018, SPNL organized a meeting with the community in Shimlan in collaboration with the Professor Architect Maria Gabriella Trovato and her students at the Architect & Landscape Department in the American University of Beirut (AUB). More than 30 people, representatives of public administration and members of the society as whole attended the meeting/workshop which aimed to stipulate …

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SPNL and ACS participates in MAVA training workshop in Switzerland

On March 22-23, 2018 Mava organized for its Mediterranean project coordinators a training workshop on the monitoring and evaluation of the outcome action plans (M1_2, M3, M4, M5, M6, M7 OAPs). The two days training workshop was held in Mava headquarter offices in Gland, Switzerland. The Shouf Landscape project coordinators Ms. Jamal Hamzeh of SPNL and Mrs. Lina Sarkis of …

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Please welcome SPNL’s 21th Hima at Kayfoun– Mount Lebanon

29 November 2017  was an important day for SPNL welcoming Kayfoun’s municipal council decree to declare the village as Hima. The municipal council, led by Mr. Ali Dagher, was proactive in declaring part of the municipal land as Hima for sustainable use such as ecotourism. The Council discussed the issue of establishing a protected area (Hima) within Kayfoun jurisdiction, in cooperation …

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