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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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Places matter, they map our lives

MedScapes (2014-2015): An EU funded project to develop Landscape Character Assessment, as a tool for the effective conservation of natural heritage in the Eastern Mediterranean. Landscapes results from the interactions of different components of our environment – both natural and cultural – and the way these are perceived and understood by people. THE PROJECT The …

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SPNL Launches The Hima Guideline Manual

Download the Guideline By Assad Serhal – SPNL Director General  Medscapes is a project to demonstrate the importance of landscape and establish a common approach towards its management and conservation in Mediterranean countries. MedScapes Project is funded by the “Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme” which is part of the European Neighborhood Policy (ENP) and its finnancing instrument …

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Marine Heritage Lebanon’s Lighthouses Linking culture to nature

Status of Lighthouses in Lebanon Lebanon has lighthouses all along its coast. There are lighthouses in Tyre, Saida, Beirut, Batroun and Tripoli. Unfortunately, most of these lighthouses are damaged, and unmaintained; thus abandoned and inactive. The number of operational lighthouses has declined due to the expense of maintenance and replacement by modern electronic navigational devices. …

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MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL Monachus monachus Awareness Pamphlet

The Mediterranean monk seal is one of the world’s most endangered marine mammals, with fewer than 600 individuals currently surviving. It is believed to be the world’s rarest pinniped species. The sightings of the monk seal were distributed all over the year (refer to sighting timeline) and specially in the mating season which prove that the …

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كتاب لبنان للطيور

Lebanon's book for birds

 The book presents information and illustrations of most common birds species that reside or migrate through Lebanon. It is a simple guide highly suitable for school children.

 طيور لبنان و الشرق الأوسط

 field guide birds

A field guide in Arabic that shows the major birds that exist in Lebanon and the Middle East.

5 Synthesis Reports on Migratory Birds Hunting in Mediterranean Third World Countries of North Africa and the Middle East

A series of reports on the status of hunting

A series of reports on the status of hunting of migratory birds in North Africa and the Middle East. It was produced as a regional output during the project “Building Capacity for Sustainable Hunting of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean Countries of North Africa and the Middle East-SHP (2004-2007)

 Guidelines for Moving Towards Sustainable Hunting of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean Countries of North Africa and the Middle East

Guidelines for Moving Towards Sustainable Hunting

The report aims to present guidelines to aid the national regulation of hunting of migratory birds. It was produced as a regional output during the project “Building Capacity for Sustainable Hunting of Migratory Birds in the Mediterranean Countries of North Africa and the Middle East-SHP (2004-2007)

Code of Practice for Responsible Hunting of Migratory Birds in MTC Countries

code of practice

A list of practice codes that encourage responsible hunting practices and behavior among hunters and hunting groups to supplement national legal and management systems governing the hunting of migratory birds.

The Conservation of the Marine Hima of Qolieleh Village

The Conservation of the Marine Hima of Qolieleh

The pamphlet explains the project that led to the declaration of the Qolieleh marine hima, and the assets of the area; including the description of the project itself, its objectives, and activities.

 Important Bird Areas in Lebanon

Key Sites for Biodiversity Conservation

Key Sites for Biodiversity Conservation

The booklet gives an overview of the IBA program, with key information on the process for selection of IBAs and their significance in Lebanon. The booklet also lists the IBA sites in Lebanon at that time (before 2004). The information is presented in English, Arabic, and French.

Important Bird Areas in Lebanon

Pamphlet  IBAs

The pamphlet gives comprehensive information on all the sites in Lebanon that were considered to be an IBA after the end of the IBA research project in 2008. Information relating to the IBA program in general and a map of Lebanon with the location of each IBA are also presented.

The Traditional Approach of Hima

The Traditional Approach of Hima

This booklet presents the concepts of IBAs and Hima, and it discusses the potential of conserving and sustaining IBAs via the Hima approach and empowering local people in the Middle East. It is produced by BirdLife Middle East office in collaboration with SPNL.

Hima Kfar Zabad

Hima Kfar Zabad

The pamphlet presents information on Hima Kfar Zabad and its management in collaboration with the municipality, the projects that were conducted by SPNL in the Hima, as well as the proposed activities that could be practiced at the site. The pamphlet also presents a map of the Hima with legends of the zonation and proposed activities.

Hima Ebel Es-Saqi

Hima Ebel Es-Saqi book

The booklet gives a general overview on the Hima of Ebel Es-Saqi (Location, Culture, Heritage, and Architecture…). In addition, the booklet presents data on Ebel Es-Saqi as an IBA, with information on the project and its objectives, and the possible eco-touristic activities that could be practiced at the Hima.

 Al Hima – A Way of Life

Al Hima – A Way of Life

A book that is produced in Arabic, English and French. It discusses the aspects of the Hima approach and its importance in sustaining the environment and the livelihood of humans.

 The Hima and Identification and Conservation of New Important Bird Areas in Lebanon

The Hima and Identification

The pamphlet explains the linkages between IBAs, Himas, and Site Support Groups-SSGs. It also lists all the proposed and declared IBAs in Lebanon at that time, and the proposed objectives of the IBA research project carried out by SPNL. (2004-2008).

بين السماء و الأرض

education book

 The book is an educational guide that is mainly directed to students and teachers. It aims at delivering necessary information regarding the environment. It is divided into three sections; the 1st section evolves around the principles in environmental education and awareness. The 2nd section tackles nine important areas related to the environment (water, solid waste, pollution, biodiversity…), and the 3rd and last section covers a brief description on the status of the environment in Lebanon with regards to the natural reserves, and the most important mammals and wild trees in Lebanon.

دليل حارس الغابة

 

forest guideThis guide is part of the education and awareness programme. It provides to students information and educational games on the forests, trees, plants, flowers, insects, proper ways of plantation, natural reserves in Lebanon, means to protect the natural reserves and nature as a whole, in addition to the threats that are facing the nature.

 دليل الصياد

 

hunter’s guide is the reference book for the hunter in order to pass the exam needed for the hunting license according to hunting law 580/2004.

This guide includes information about the hunting equipments and weapons with several facts about their features, the ammunition, how they function, and how they should be cleaned and stored. Moreover, it covers the basic skills that should be present to shoot or hunt, the hunter’s ethics and responsibilities, the concept of sustainable hunting, planning and safety skills, the Lebanese hunting law, conservation of the nature and wildlife, importance of Lebanon to birds migration, in addition to the list of bird species in Lebanon and the game birds that can be hunted. This guide is the reference book for the hunter in order to pass the exam needed for the hunting license according to hunting law 580/2004.

 Hima Aanjar

Hima Aanjar pamphlet

The pamphlet includes information about the geographical location of Aanjar, Hima definition, ecosystem and cave ecosystem definitions, water cycle, water and irrigation system in Aanjar, fauna and flora of Aanjar, history and traditional cuisine of the Armenian community, the Unesco Cultural World Heritage of Aanjar castle, the wetlands ecosystems, the important bird areas (IBAs), and the activities that can be done in Hima Aanjar. It is a promotional pamphlet for Aanjar as part of the ecotourism plan.