Environment

Photographing birds is a challenge and a big fun

By Elie Louis Khalil I would like to share my story and experience with you. I am a retired architect and amateur photographer mainly landscape and macro photography. I am fond of nature and hiking. By chance I was invited to Hima Hammana by Chadi Saad on 17-sep-2020 while hiking in the mountain. From that moment I was stuck with …

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COMPOSTING FOR LIMITING POLLUTION INPUTS TO AMMIQ RAMSAR SITE (LEBANON)

As part of a micro-project funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), and coordinated by Tour du Valat, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) organized a training session on “composting for limiting pollution inputs to Ammiq Ramsar Site”. The main objective of the project is to reduce or stop the practice of …

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Implementing international efforts to combat the sale of illegal wildlife products online

Between 7 and 21 October 2020, IUCN Members voted electronically on 109 motions, including 15 with amendments. The results are available below. Following the postponement of the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the Council decided to submit nine governance motions to an electronic vote to take place in early 2021. In order to prepare for the vote, these motions will be …

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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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