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Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 were announced today. The MIDORI Prize is a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional, or local levels. The winners …

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Assad Serhal the Director General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) Wins Midori Prize 2018 in Biodiversity

Assad Serhal, the Director General of Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon), was named among the winners of the 2018 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity. The full list of winners of the 2018 MIDORI Prize are: Dr. Kathy MacKinnon (U.K.) Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Mr. Assad Serhal (Lebanon) Director General, Society for the Protection …

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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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SPNL and ACS biodiversity monitoring workshop in Maaser Al Shouf

On June 7 and 8, 2018, a joint workshop between the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) about biodiversity monitoring was held in the Park House in Maaser Al Shouf. The main aim of the workshop was to discuss and agree on the scientific component of the M6 project pertaining to Result …

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States must fulfil human rights obligations in protecting biodiversity, UN expert urges

Governments around the world are being urged by a United Nations expert to fulfil their human rights obligations to protect the world’s irreplaceable plants and animals. Speaking ahead of World Wildlife Day on Friday 3 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, said: “The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world should …

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UN Biodiversity Conference – Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

On Friday, 2 December 2016, the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) opened in Cancún, Mexico, preceding the  concurrent meetings  of CBD COP 13, the eighth  meeting  of  the  Conference  of  the  Parties  serving  as  the  meeting  of  the  Parties  to  the  Cartagena Protocol …

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CEPF Mid-term Assessment Regional Meeting in Ulcinj

CEPF mid-term assessment of the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot has been initiated since January 2015. This involved National Assessments with 186 participants from all 11 eligible countries of the hotspot; a Stakeholder Survey in 4 languages for all stakeholders in the Med programme, receiving 116 responses. From 25- 27 May 2015 CEPF organized a Regional Meeting to verify these findings …

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U.N. COP12 in Pyeongchang Calls for Scaling Up Action Plan to Stem Biodiversity Loss

A United Nations convention on biodiversity kicked off in the eastern city of Pyeongchang on Monday, bringing together government officials, environmentalists and businesspeople from around the world. The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, also called the COP 12, will run until Oct. 17, with some 20,000 representatives from 124 countries attending. …

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The herpetofauna of Lebanon new data on distribution

by Souad Hraoui-Bloquet, Riyad A. Sadek, Roberto Sindaco, and Alberto Venchi Abstract This paper reports more than 400 original data on the Lebanese herpetofauna (covering 5 amphibians and 44 reptiles), deriving from museum collections and recent field observations. The most interesting data concern: (a) Cyrtopodion amictopholis, a species known only from Mt. Hermon, reported for the first time from Mt. …

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Two-Day Mentoring scheme at SPNL by IUCN Expert

Under the IUCN project “Nurturing NGO Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean” funded by MAVA, a two-day mentoring program was held at SPNL moderated by Dr. Jose Tavares. The two days focused on tackling institutional issues that would help SPNL move forward while being better organized with clear strategic plans for better results and efficient outcomes. …

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