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SPNL participation in Delos4 workshop in Malta: case study on Hima Anjar-Kafarzabad cultural and spiritual values

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL represented by Bassam Alkantar, SPNL’s Media Campaigner participated in The Delos Initiative fourth workshop held in the Franciscan Retreat House of Porziuncola in Malta from 24- 26 April 2017, in cooperation with the University of Malta – Institute of Earth Systems. St. Paul’s Church & Grotto, Rabat, Malta: Christianity …

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The Delos Initiative fourth workshop in Malta: Sacred Natural Sites with a primary focus on Islam

The Delos Initiative on sacred natural sites in technologically developed countries was launched in 2004, in the context of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of IUCN and its Task Force on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas, currently a Specialist Group (SG/CSVPA). The Initiative is co-ordinated jointly by Thymio Papayannis (MedINA) and Josep-Maria Mallarach (Silene). Three …

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The Ras Baalbek semi-desert: Lebanon’s aridland area and its birds

RICHARD PRIOR & COLIN CONROY Lebanon is a mountainous country with two parallel mountain ranges, Mount Lebanon and the Anti-Lebanon, running north to south, with the Bekaa valley between. There is high precipitation along the coast and on the west facing slopes of the Mount Lebanon range and peaks, but much less in the inte- rior. This rain shadow effect …

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Kherbet Qanafar hosts the closing ceremony of “Enhancing livelihoods of Lebanese communities in Hima territories”

The Society for The Protection of Nature in Lebanon organized a closing ceremony for the European Union-funded project entitled “Enhancing livelihoods of Lebanese communities in Hima territories; from social, economic and natural perspectives” which lasted for three years. The project was implemented in the Bekaa region, namely Anjar/Kfarzabad, El Fekha and Ain Zebdeh/Kherbet Qanafar. Mr. Gianandrea Villa, the responsible for …

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Please welcome SPNL’s 18th Hima at Aakoura – Mount Lebanon

Wednesday 1st of March was an important day at SPNL. SPNL team welcomed Aakoura mayor who showed interest in conserving its municipal land and developing sustainable development initiatives in collaboration with SPNL. Located in the Jbeil District, on of Mount Lebanon Governorate (Mouhafaza), Aakoura is the jewel of Mount Lebanon known for ancient Maple trees and Juniper Forest, ecological and …

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World Wetlands Day: Bolstering resilience and collaboration to reduce disaster risk

On February 2nd the world celebrates it’s wetlands – complex ecosystems that provide a wide variety of services and benefits for people and  nature.  Yet wetlands are in danger; threatened with drainage for agriculture, degradation, pollution, and destruction at an alarming pace. A key role of wetlands is in reducing the effects of disasters by absorbing excess water from floods …

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From Hima to Hima – covering the Bekaa Area

“From Hima to Hima – covering the Bekaa Area” is an ecotouristic model, initiated by SPNL, aiming to link the different Hima sites in the Bekaa region. It highlights the natural, cultural and social values embedded within the Hima areas which are managed by the local community; the custodians of the land. This booklet provides you with a snapshot of …

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Impact of conservation efforts on the Syrian Serin at HIMA Anjar

* Ghassan Ramadan Jaradi The Syrian Serin (Serinus syriacus) species is classified as Globally Vulnerable by IUCN because the small population (2500-10000 mature individuals over an area of about 7500 km2) which was once thought to be stable, appears to be declining since 1996. This species occurs in Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Lebanon with highest occurrence in the latter country. …

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Youth’s Training in Hima al Fekha

A training was conducted on Thursday 28 July 2016 in Al Fekha within the project “Improving Conservation Status of the near threatened – Cinereous Bunting specie in the Hima Al Fekha” support by the Hima Fund. The aim of the training was to raise awareness on the importance of conserving and protecting the Cinereous Bunting and the principle of responsible …

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Lebanon declares protected area in the World Heritage Site of Byblos

By Majd Abu Zaghlan, The World Heritage Site of Byblos is now officially the 17th Hima in Lebanon. The announcement took place in the municipality of Byblos with the presence of SPNL team and the municipality vice-president Ayoub Bark. Byblos (Jbail in Arabic) is the Greek name of the Phoenician city of Gubla or Gebal. It is a modern city …

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