Environment

Study: Could new government targets drive better nature conservation?

In 2010, governments around the world committed to protecting at least 17% of land areas and 10% of marine areas by 2020. It’s a goal that’s likely to be met, but will this be effective for the species and sites that are most at risk?   By Margaret Sessa-Hawkins A new paper published in the journal Science criticizes current incentives for governments …

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Lebanon Hosts the Sixth Mediterranean Forest Week

The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO), is hosting the Sixth edition of the Mediterranean Forest Week (VIth MWF) at the Grand Hills Hotel, Broumana, on 1-5 April 2019. The weeklong event brings together policy and decision makers, forest administrators, researchers, practitioners, donors, civil society organizations, and social and environmental based …

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Call for EAAFP WMBD 2019 Small Grant application

World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. . In 2018, WMBD unified the planet’s major migratory bird corridors, or flyways: the African-Eurasian flyway, the East Asian-Australasian flyway, and the Americas flyways. It is now celebrated twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and in October. In …

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Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind When You Go Bird Watching in Lebanon

Lebanon is covered by mountainous terrain, and it lies in the east side of the Mediterranean Sea. It has diversified habitats and is a favorable location for birds. It attracts around 300 different kinds of birds. In Lebanon, you can watch endangered species like Social Lapwing and the Imperial Eagle. There are quite a few designated sites for birding, and …

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Lebanon’s National Key Biodiversity Areas Coordination Group: towards the development of a coherent list of KBAs in each country

The Minister of Environment, Tarek El-Khatib appointed Ms. Lara Semaha to represent MOE in the National KBA Coordination Groups.SPNL is happy, to be a key partner in this precious movement. One of the principles of the KBA Programme is the strong involvement of local experts and stakeholders and in the identification and documentation of KBAs. To ensure the coordination and …

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New Report on Impact of Plastic on Migratory Waterbirds Presented

Plastic seems to be on everyone’s lips these days, and we certainly don’t mean single-use straws. Global production of plastic has increased to more than 300 million tons a year, and some staggering 13 m tons of it ends up in the ocean. Plastic pollution poses serious health risks to wildlife, and a new report presented to governments at an …

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André Hoffmann awarded WWF Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award

MAVA President André Hoffmann has been named the recipient of WWF’s annual Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Award which honours and recognises valuable contributions made toward the global conservation movement. “Receiving this award, 20 years after my father, is a great honour. I am grateful to the committee for having selected me as I am not an obvious choice. I am …

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Interested in an organised birding trip to Lebanon?

Photo: © Fouad Itani Lebanon has the potential to be an excellent birding destination but there are currently few, if any, organised trips to check out the ornithological highlights. If anything, the country is better known for its high level of illegal bird killing. OSME want to help change the perception of Lebanon and help it become a destination that birders consider …

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Why we need to break down the barriers between us and nature

Birds colliding with windows are an upsetting symptom of human encroachment on nature. But the barriers we put up between ourselves and the natural world are part of a larger problem. By Jessica Law It’s a depressingly common sight. A bird, lying on the ground, having crashed into glass it cannot see. Windows, and their impact on birds, are something we …

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Migration Marathons: 7 unbelievable bird journeys

Around one in five of all the world’s bird species migrate. And while every migration is an epic and often perilous feat of endurance, here’s a selection of species that we feel go the extra mile. By Irene Lorenzo Ain’t no mountain high enough Species: Bar-headed Goose Anser indicus Distance travelled: 3,000-5,000 km No oxygen? No problem. These sturdy geese might …

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