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Hikers walking through Lebanon for the conservation of birds

Presenter:Bassima Khatib – SPNL Assistant Director General

The Lebanon Mountain Trail Association (LMTA) launched on March 30, 2013 its fifth annual thru-walk from Andaket in North Lebanon. This year, 150 hikers from 9 countries will spend up to 28 days on the trail, walking for birds,and sensitizing trailside communities (about 70 villages and towns) to the importance of birds and bird populations, and the critical need to …

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Launch of the “Progress and Achievements of Climate Change” projects at the Ministry of Environment

SPNL recently participated in a conference on climate change that was held on March 11, 2013 at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, Beirut. The Ministry of Environment in partnership with the United National Development Programme launched a new series of climate change projects as part of the “Achievements and progress of climate change projects at the Ministry of Environment” event at …

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SPNL Launches New Project on Water Management Systems

As a part of SPNL’s projects in Hima Anjar Kfar Zabad, IBA,SPNL has recently launched the project entitled “Restoring Hima Ecosystem functions through promoting sustainable community based water management systems”, the project extends fora three years duration, supported by the MAVA Foundation. It aims to restore Hima Ecosystem functions through promoting sustainable community based water management systems.The project objectives include: …

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Celebrating the Miracle of Life with Bird Migration & the International Year of Water

  Fly Bird Fly “Celebrating the Miracle of Life with Bird Migration & the International Year of Water” As a part of its yearly celebration for the Miracle of Bird Migration, and through the generous support of the MAVA Foundation, SPNL and the municipality of Anjar and Kfar Zabad, in collaboration with Dar Onboz, Al Shouf Cedar Reserve, and Souk …

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SPNL receives “Best Practice” Award from the United Nations for improving the living environment through Hima system

SPNL are rewarded for conserving the coastline at Hima Qoleilih, southern Lebanon, whilst supporting local people.

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL – BirdLife in Lebanon) recently received an international ‘best practice’ award for their work at the Qolieleh Hima site, southern Lebanon, where they are preserving the coast and improving living conditions for local people. Dubai Muncipality presented the Dubai International Award for Best Practices (DIABP) to SPNL for community-based conservation …

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Promoting Hima Women Empowerment for Conservation and Livelihood

SPNL initiated in the beginning of 2013 a project for empowering women funded by the UN WomenFund for Gender Equality– “Promoting Hima Women Empowerment for Conservation and Livelihood”. The three year project aims at enhancing the livelihood of rural women through the revival of the Hima approach in the sustainable management of three IBAs of Lebanon, Aanjar, KfarZabad, and the …

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Al Hima System Seen as One of Birdlife’s Major Achievements in 90 Years

As part of Birdlife’s International 90th anniversary celebrations that will be held this June in Canada, Birdlife chose 20 of their most successful stories achieved since their establishment. Amongst these achievements is SPNL’s “Al- Hima” approach that was revived starting2004 in Lebanon, and boosted by the Hima Fund, a generous donation by the State of Qatar in 2008.  Al Hima …

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COP18/CMP8 President debate highlights The Hima system

The fifth day of COP18/CMP8 saw engagement from the host country’s top leaders with observer organisations and members of the press, while delegates prepared for a weekend full of events. As part of Qatar’s commitment to hosting an open, transparent, and inclusive process, the President of the conference, Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, along with other top figures from the host …

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Community conservation methods go back to the future

A centuries old method of conservation is being revived in Qatar and other parts of the Islamic world. At the fifth Hikma session at COP18/CMP8, participants from countries such as Lebanon, Morocco, Bahrain and Egypt explained how the ancient principle of Hima was being reintroduced. The session was moderated by SPNL director general Assad Serhal, a Birdlife special envoy to the …

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Jeju Declaration adopted to promote Hima

Top delegates of the 2012 World Conservation Congress pose after signing the Jeju Declaration during the closing ceremony on the 10th day of the environmental conference in Jeju Island. Starting from the left, they are Governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Woo Keun-min, the Minister of Environment Yoo Young-sook, the Chairman of the organizing committee Lee Hong-koo, and the president …

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