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Monitoring of recreational and educational services provided by Mediterranean wetlands – SYNTHESIS FOR DECISION-MAKERS AND MANAGERS

SPNL participated in 2017 in a regional survey assessing recreational & educational services of Mediterranean wetlands. The survey is led by Tour de valla, and covered 27 sites in 10 countries. In Lebanon, we involved Anjar Kfar Zabad & Palm Islands. You can read the “Synthesis report” for the survey by visiting this link

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Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments

Biodiversity is inherently connected to forest landscape restoration, but conceptualising this relationship has been elusive – until now. A new publication called, ‘Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments’ is intended to provide more context, more resources and fresh perspectives to the ongoing global interaction between biodiversity conservation and forest landscape restoration. IUCN.ORG invited two of the authors, Neil Cox of …

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Two beautiful table books to commemorate the return of the Scarlet Ibis to the mangroves of coastal São Paulo

Scalet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber), called guará in Brazil, were considered locally extinct (extirpated) as a breeding species in Southeastern Brazil by the 1950’s but a breeding colony was established in the late 1980’s in a degraded mangrove area at the back of the Santos Bay in coastal São Paulo State. In 1996 this breeding colony had at least 250 birds …

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Hand rearing and releasing of Syrian Woodpecker, a first rehabilitation model of its kind in Lebanon

By Ghassan Rmadan-Jaradi & Assad Serhal Phenological Status in Lebanon The Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopus syriacus was considered extirpated in Lebanon by Tohmé & Neuschwander (1974) but breeding was later confirmed in 1995 at Qammouha and Fneideq (Ramadan-Jaradi & Ramadan-Jaradi 1997). Between 1996 and 2005, this species was found nesting in hills at Hermon, above Aammiq and at Qaraoun (Ramadan-Jaradi & …

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HOMAT AL-HIMA THE WAY OF LIFE, FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This manual explains the concept of responsible hunting areas-RHAs, their identification and management procedure, the promotion of responsible rural tourism in non-hunting season, and the role of youth. It would be an important resource for RHA identification, establishment and management for the benefit of birds, nature, and local community.  

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Interesting bird records for Lebanon – Sandgrouse volume 39 (2) Summer 2017

Sandgrouse is published by Ornithological Society of the Middle East- OSME and contains papers and short notes on the ornithology of the OSME region, provides bird and conservation news from the region and a comprehensive round up of bird sightings in the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The current issue of Sandgrouse is volume 39 (2) Summer 2017 …

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Best Hunting Practice Booklet

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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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Homat Al-Hima Guideline Manual

By Assad Serhal, Director General, SPNL Homat Al Hima (HH) are intrinsic to the Hima communities, the same villages and towns are inbred and inborn. The experiences Nature and Biodiversity bring to people are mainly local. The Hima is the Homat Al Hima’s first love from which they grasp the first breath of fresh air. Their ears get tuned to …

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Field Guide to the Mammals of the Middle East: Second Edition [Hardcover]

‘Field Guide to the Mammals of the Middle East’ (released 2015) is an accessible text suitable for graduate students and professionals in the fields of mammal biology, conservation biology, and ecology, as well as nature conservation practitioners and mammal specialists. The second edition of the Book is now available with a special hard cover and some additions and corrections to …

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