Amman hosted a workshop to discuss and evaluate the project titled “Mainstreaming Conservation of Migratory Soaring Birds into Key Productive Sectors along the Rift Valley/Red Sea Flyway (MSB) which is a GEF funded project that SPNL contributed to, in order to ensure that globally threatened and significant populations of soaring birds that migrate along the Rift Valley/Red Sea flyway are effectively maintained.
Assad Serhal, SPNL Director General and Bassima Khatib, SPNL Assistant Director General participated in this event to present the multiple activities implemented in Lebanon.
The Migratory Soaring Birds project (MSB) has currently three on-going national components: MSB Egypt, MSB Jordan and MSB Lebanon. These components are the national projects which are currently being implemented by project partners in partnership with key organisations of the targeted sectors.
MSB Lebanon is hosted by the Ministry of Environment and implemented by UNDP. It is technically supported by BirdLife’s partner in Lebanon, the Society for Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL).
MSB Lebanon has established a strategic partnership with the Higher Hunting Council (HHC). Through this alliance MSB Lebanon plays a crucial role in the management of the hunting sector by setting the foundations for the implementation of the new hunting law, and therefore ensuring that the conservation of soaring birds is firmly integrated and enforced within the legislation.
MSB Lebanon is also targeting the energy sector in its future activities through the update of the National Physical Land Use Plan in cooperation with the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) and the tourism sector through the integration of birdwatching activities and the establishment of partnerships with the Ministry of Tourism and with ecotourism stakeholders.