Environment

SPNL participates in MAVA’s Strategic Planning Workshop for the Mediterranean Basin Programme

From 17 to 19 September 2015 in Gland, Switzerland, MAVA Foundation organised the second workshop to develop its strategy for the Mediterranean Basin for the period of 2016–‐2022. Participants from research groups, NGOs, and funding organisations attended. Assad Serhal, the Director General of SPNL represented the organization. The purpose of the workshop was to: 1. Refine conservation targets proposed by …

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A dangerous swim for the Mediterranean

443 – This is the estimated number of Indo-Pacific invasive marine species that have entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Suez Canal since its opening in 1869. These species have found the Mediterranean to be a comfortable place to live, but then, who wouldn’t? However, these Indo-Pacific species are not as accommodating as their new home and are often noxious, …

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Consuming With Care: World Environment Day 2015

“Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care“: The United Nation’s theme for World Environment Day this year. Which is fitting, in a world where our current consumption patterns are steering our natural resources to irreversible tipping points and where we often don’t exactly know what natural resources are used to make our goods. According to Worldwatch Institute, calculations show …

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The Mediterranean Consortium congratulated by the MAVA Foundation

Our ‘Supporting Cultural Practices in the Mediterranean Basin’ project has been highlighted in the MAVA Foundations 2014 annual report. Nature and culture are inextricably linked in the Mediterranean, which is why, in 2012, a number of organisations led by DiversEarth, joined forces in the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature & Culture1 to examine the different ways in which cultural practices benefit …

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New book and mobile app to guide people’s interest in nature of Qatar

The Friends of the Environment Center in Qatar (BirdLife Partner for Qatar) have used both traditional and digital routes to create two guides to the nature of Qatar. The first ever field guide book to the birds of Qatar and a mobile application – ‘Qatar e-Nature’ – which allows users to explore the rich and varied species of flora, birds …

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World Migratory Bird Day 2015 – “Energy – make it bird-friendly!”

Each year on the second weekend in May, dedicated organizations, governments and people around the world plan events to mark World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) celebrating migratory birds and raising awareness about the need for their conservation. Since World Migratory Bird Day began in 2006, events have been held in 130 countries and this year we hope to reach even …

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Book Review: Back from the Brink

• Success stories of animals threatened with extinction whose fortunes have been reversed • Tales of lifetimes dedicated to wildlife conservation • Features some of the most iconic animals from around the world Back from the Brink is an antidote to a world that seems full of stories of wildlife doom and gloom. Amongst all the loss of habitat and …

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May 5th: National Sea Turtle Day in Lebanon

Tyre Beach Nature Reserve, along the coast of the southern city, is known for being the site where, every year without fail, sea turtles come to the shore to lay their eggs. Ahead of National Sea Turtle Day, the manager of the reserve, Hasan Hamza, explained that turtles typically come to lay their eggs toward the end of May by …

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R-KNOW at the 7th World Water Forum Daegu, Korea

RKNOW had the opportunity to be showcased at the 7th World Water Forum that took place in Daegu, Korea from April 11-17, 2015. Project partners from the different countries presented the R-KNOW network to show how it can become a worldwide knowledge market place for exchanging knowledge on practical and participatory integrated water management (IWRM) approaches. Case studies from the …

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Byblos hosts Hima training workshop – Medscapes Project

SPNL organized a Hima training workshop in the Cultural center Byblos, in collaboration with the Municipality of Byblos- Jbeil, under the Medscapes project. Partners of the project from Greece, Cyprus, and Jordan attended the training that was held from Tuesday Feb.24.2015 till Thursday Feb.26.2015. The aim of the workshop is to train project partners to adapt the Hima concept as …

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