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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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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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Ecotourism in Action #KHERBET #KANAFAR #LebanonTraveler

Aiming to protect nature, birds and biodiversity in Lebanon, and to promote the sustainable use of natural resources with people through the revival of the Hima concept, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) explains more about its “Hima to Hima” program in the Bekaa. The Hima approach is a traditional, community-based method for the conservation of …

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Please welcome SPNL’s 19th Hima at Anfeh – North Lebanon

22 September 2017  was an important day for SPNL welcoming Anfeh’s municipal council decree to declare the village and its sea as Hima. Anfeh is located on the coast of northern Lebanon and is 15 km south of Tripoli and 71 km north of Beirut. The town is extended to the west by a 400-meter promontory, oriented on an east–west axis. …

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Hima Recognized on Equators Solution Database

The Equator Award is recognized as an international annual initiative under the United Nations Development Programme. It started in the Tropics aiming to salute indigenous people’s conservation efforts, which contribute to poverty alleviation through sustainable management of natural resources. The theme of the 2017 Equators Award was Nature based Solutions. It promoted the nomination of local initiatives which contribute to …

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SPNL and ACS will be working together on the symbolic sites of the Shouf Mountain and West Beqaa

The largest Nature reserve in Lebanon (approx. 5% of the Territory) encompassing the best remaining strand of cedar forests where over 160 bird species

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 Cultural Landscapes (M6 partnership).  At the core of the M6 partnership are 4 pilot sites where 6-year field projects to conserve Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes have recently been launched, each led by a local implementing …

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Arc de Triomphe at Hima Aakoura

A video by Lebanese astrophotographer Moophz.com. Captured the last week from Jerd al Aakoura, Lebanon. This timelapse shows the Milky Way rising horizontally right after the astronomical dusk. The location is very dark but for a few flickering lights in a faraway village due to electric cuts.   Aakoura is SPNL’s 18th Hima in Lebanon. Located in the Jbeil District, on of …

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Homat Al Hima – The Way of Life, for Sustainable Development

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon, in collaboration with the municipality of Kherbet Kanafar, celebrated the “World Migratory Bird Day” under the patronage and the presence of Mrs. Claudine Aoun Roukoz, special advisor of the president of the Republic of Lebanon General Michel AOUN, in the West Bekaa Country Club. The event was in collaboration with the …

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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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