The Power of a Local Tradition: Hima

Almost 1,500 years before modern conservation research arrived at the same idea, a tradition originating from the Arabian Peninsula realised the importance of community involvement when preserving natural areas and managing natural resources. Essential practice for human

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Book review: Birds of the Middle East

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Hima Maabour EL-Abiad

This Upper Akkar Hima was established in 2009 with an estimated area of 0.33 km2. The area is covered with forests of Lebanese cedar and Greek juniper trees, in addition to the presence of grasslands for grazing. This region is characterized by its high biodiversity, by

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs

Important Bird Areas-IBAs  Important Bird Areas-IBAs are among the world’s key sites for the conservation of biodiversity. They are identified nationally using data gathered locally, and compared with internationally adopted criteria. The programme recognizes that sites can

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Hima West Baalbek

Since 2018, this area was declared as a regional Hima due to its cultural and ecological importance. The plant life of the West Baalbek region is diverse and includes alpine and numerous xero- phytes (dry adapted) plants. Being the only semi-arid region in Lebanon, this area

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Hima Mansouri

Hima Mansouri, declared by SPNL and the concerned municipality in 2008, is similar to Hima Qoleileh as they have the same ecosystem. In this region we can find a remarkable marine biodiversity and some birds of prey like marsh harrier, making it a good spot for bird-

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Hima Qoleileh

This coastal area is known for its marine biodiversity, leading SPNL and the municipality to announce it as a Hima in 2006. This 0.01 km2 sandy beach is an important spot for the globally threatened sea turtles such as the green Turtles and the leatherback Turtles, as it

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Al Hima : a way of life

This book is the fruit of a wide collaboration. It is an expression of rich ideas. But most of all it’s an articulation of passion. Almost every person who contributed to this book is passionate about the hima question and the traditional approaches to conservation in

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Birds of the Middle East

A translated version into Arabic of the field guide “Birds of the Middle East” that identifies all the birds, local or migratory, through the Middle East and North Africa. It is the first of its kind in the Arabic region. [button color=”red”

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