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Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter November 2013

Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter

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Issue November 2013

SEARCH Project suggest future interventions for policy makers

SPNL and Mada held the 4th National Steering Committee (NSC) meeting on the 18th of September to focus on the policy aspect which is in the final stages of the SEARCH project and together with the members, suggest future interventions for policy makers. The meeting witnessed active participation where each member discussed the role of his/her institution towards the environment and in the face of climate change.

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SPNL and MSB project urged to stop unlicensed hunting

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and the Mainstreaming conservation of migratory soaring birds project (MSB), implement by the UNDP in the Ministry of Environment, urged to stop unlicensed hunting in Lebanon. SPNL director Assad Serhal affirmed that nothing can justify the killing of migratory birds by announcing that they were carrying spying devices, especially that the Lebanese Army, did not confirm the authenticity of these reports carried by many media outlets without any scientific scrutiny.

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SPNL Joins a Regional Project on Water Resources Management

SPNL attended a regional meeting in Amman, Jordan on 7-9 October, 2013 for the project entitled “Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management”. It is a three year regional project funded by the European Union working in five countries (Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Egypt and Morocco) where its main goal is to promote systemic approaches to integrated water resource management, throughout the region among researchers, experts,

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Study: The herpetofauna of Lebanon data on distribution

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. Lebanon Range

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BirdLife Expansion in Qatar

A meeting was held last month between Birdlife CEO Marco Lambertini, BirdLife Middle East Director Ibrahim Khader, and Assad Serhal Director General of SPNL and Birdlife Global Councilor. The result was an agreement on a plan forward towards Birdlife presence in Qatar in cooperation with Friends of the Environment Center, and for this Assad Serhal will be delegated as Birdlife Special Envoy to the country.

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Threatened Species

Montivipera bornmuelleri

Montivipera bornmuellerior Lebanon Viper is native and inhabits the mountain ranges of Lebanon and Syria at elevations ranging between 1000 and 2000 meters above sea level.

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Bonelli’s eagle

Bonelli’s eagle is an agile, mostly silent hunter; its distinctive klu-klu-klu-klee call is heard mainly when it is near the nest or when mating. The plumage on the upperparts is dark brown

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Cyrtopodion amictophole

This species appears to be restricted to Mount Hermon in southwestern Syria, and from the Mount Lebanon Range in central Lebanon (known from a single, recently collected specimen).

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With the Support of Mava Foundation

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL
Email: news@spnl.org
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