Environment

Over 100 000 citizens demand the UN to recognise a new human right – the right to a healthy planet

Citizens from around the world are demanding that the right to a clean, healthy environment is made a Universal Human Rights. Over 100 000 people have signed the petition. [1] Right now, as the United Nations General Assembly is taking place, the UN’s Human Rights Council is meeting. This new human right was tabled at the Human Rights Council by …

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CEPF seeking Proposals for Small Grants from NGOs in Lebanon

CEPF and BirdLife International, as regional implementation team (RIT) for the hotspot, are inviting proposals in the form of letters of inquiry (LOIs) for small grants from nongovernmental organizations in Lebanon. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) is a joint initiative of l’Agence Française de Développement, Conservation International, the European Union, the Global Environment Facility, the Government of Japan and …

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Second training on how to compost farm animal manure

As part of a micro-project funded by TDV, AFD, and FFEM, SPNL organized a training session for farmers on how to compost farm animal manure to kill weed seeds and pathogens so that the resulting compost can be used safely as a natural soil amendment to grow crops in a nature-friendly way. The session was conducted on Saturday 25th of …

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OSME’s first online Summer Meeting – save the date!

Saturday 15th August: 10.30-12.45 (BST) One of the few positive things to come out of the global coronavirus pandemic is the rise of online webinars, meetings and conferences. Whether these will totally replace the face-to-face meetings that many of us are used to remains to be seen. However, there is no doubt that they can be a valuable addition for small …

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Why we desperately need space for nature on farms

By Jeremy Herry The single, most dramatic cause for the loss of biodiversity, species and natural habitats in Europe is intensive agriculture. To save wildlife, we desperately need space for nature on farms. And to achieve that, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy needs to support farmers’ transition to nature-friendly farming. Check out our infographic below to understand why (you can also …

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A Support Programme for Rural Enterprises Promoting Sustainable Use of Natural Resources and biodiversity Conservation in Lebanon

Call for mentors Are you a business leader or a senior professional interested in learning the art of holistic mentoring whilst developing yourself and enhancing your own leadership and coaching skills? Are you willing to support natural resource and conservation entrepreneurs in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve by sharing your experience, expertise and skills as a mentor? Join our online interactive …

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Why the caged birdwatchers sing: raising awareness during confinement

By Jeremy Herry How do you raise awareness on the importance to protect birds, beautiful winged creatures of the outdoors, when everyone is staying inside? Across the map, birdwatching events and bird fairs have been cancelled, and nature reserves have been closed, but that hasn’t stopped BirdLife partners from keeping birds in the spotlight. Throughout Europe and Central Asia, they …

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Birds Alive educational competition

Spring Alive is an international campaign organized by OTOP, the BirdLife partner in Poland, to encourage children’s interest in nature and the conservation of migratory birds and to get them to take action for birds and other wildlife. This year Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL, and under the Spring Alive campaign, decided to launch an …

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The future of forest conservation goes digita

With many countries in lockdown, conservationists are finding new ways to fight deforestation and support communities that live in tropical forest landscapes. BirdLife’s Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is back for 2020 and kicks things off at a ground-breaking digital conference   By Shaun Hurrell Despite the global pandemic, which has brought many of us to a halt, conservationists are continuing …

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A blueprint to save the planet

European Commission releases Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies  Today, following multiple delays, the European Commission released its highly anticipated Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork Strategy [1]. These documents will map the main features of the EU’s biodiversity and food-related policies for the coming decade and are key components of the European Green Deal. Adopted during the height of …

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