Hima

A Tradition of Conservation

Written by: Tom Verde Photographed by: Pascal Beaudenon Early in the seventh century, soon after Muslims established themselves in what is now the holy city of Madinah (formerly Yathrib), the Prophet Muhammad surveyed the natural resources in the region—the wadis (riverbeds); the rich, black volcanic soil; thHimae high rangelands—and decreed that they be preserved and set aside as a hima, …

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Homat al Hima International Centre: A Story of Success at Crisis Times

While moving strategically to decentralize its operation to remote areas, the Society for the protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) established Homat al Hima International Center (HHIC) at Kherbet Qanafar, Western Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, with the generous funding of MAVA & SRT . The center which has been founded on a feasibility study, ensuring its success being central to …

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Hima Hammana has got it all

Central to Lebanon and eco-tourists’ hearts, Hammana features a fantastic destination for a perfect getaway at Mount Lebanon. Whether it is hiking, ziplining, canyoning, aqua trekking, bird watching, cherry-picking or sunset viewing, Hammana has got it all. A professional team of guides will accompany you through the village landmarks including its historic monuments, Lamartine valley, mesmerizing mountains, traditional houses, and …

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All you need to know about Mount Lebanon Hima Center- MLHC

Mount Lebanon Hima Center- MLHC, The Home of Hima is located in Hima Kayfoun, the first Hima in Mount Lebanon. The center is halfway to all Hima sites, 35 minutes away from Beirut, with a strategic location in the upper region of Beirut River Valley IBA, the most important bottleneck for migratory soaring birds during Autumn migration. The center aims …

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International Day of Biodiversity: HIMA Revival to Stop Nature Bankruptcy and Promote Sustainable Livelihood, Human Wellbeing and Human Rights

Hima, literally meaning “a protected place” in Arabic, is a traditional system of resource tenure that has originated in the Arabian Peninsula 1500 years ago and spread all over the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) region. In response to the harsh environmental conditions and resource scarcity characterizing that region, tribes announced resource-rich areas as Hima, customarily held and managed. …

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In-house Training on Ecotourism and Guiding Principles at HHIC, Kherbet Kanafar

On May 19, Homat al Hima International Center (HHIC) hosted a training day for team members to lead on ecotourism activities around Hima sites. This event comes as part of a training programme, to equip HHIC team with necessary skills, as they prepare to launch their ecotourism packages at the West Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. At HHIC, Andre Bechara, SPNL …

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All you need to know about the Hima system

The hima system is a traditional system of protected areas that aims to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources by the communities surrounding the hima and for its benefit. This system contributes, indirectly, to preserving biodiversity, in addition to the natural and cultural heritage of the region in question. The hima system is important because it is a nature …

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Aya Town and Hima Approaches… A lot in Common

For SPNL and our Japanese partners it is very important to learn and explore the link between Satoyama in Japan and Hima approaches in our region. This will help to exchange knowledge and experiences to share with the world. Aya Town, located in Miyazaki Prefecture of the Kyushu Island, harbors one of the largest remaining Lucidophyllous Forests (warm-temperate evergreen broadleaved …

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Coexistence between nature and human in Japanese Satoyama Life

TAKESHI HOSHIDA Professor, YASUDA WOMEN’s University, Hiroshima, Japan Japan is a forest nation where forests cover about 70% of the country. Japanese life has been deeply connected to forests since ancient times. Among these forests, Satoyama is a nature that humans have access to, and they represent a state where both nature and humans coexist. A Sato is literally a …

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SPNL holds soft opening of Homat el Hima International Center in the presence of Leeds Academics

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) announced on February 24, the opening of Homat el Hima International Center (HHIC) at West Bekaa Country Club (WBCC) in Kherbet Qanafar, West Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. SPNL had the opportunity to softly open its newly established HHIC in the presence of academics from the University of Leeds (UK), among international researchers, …

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