Hima

Improving the Water Availability at Hima Upper Akkar

The Social, Ecological and Agricultural Resilience in the Face of Climate Change (SEARCH) project aims at developing and piloting a resilience framework for local action planning capacities and methodologies to increase climate change resilience through joint learning, planning and testing by stakeholders in demonstration sites. As part of the pilot project activities, SPNL and Mada in collaboration with IUCN are …

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MAVA Project Intervention in Anjar Contributes to Water Management

As a part of the project titled “Restoring Hima Ecosystem functions through promoting sustainable community -based water management systems which is implemented by SPNL in Hima Anjar- Kfar Zabad through a support by the MAVA foundation, the implementation of sustainable water management approaches in Anjar has been initiated in Anjar agricultural lands. The project aims to manage the over use …

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SPNL uses a traditional Hima approach in IBA conservation

The revival of the hima system at the Kfar Zabad marshlands in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, is empowering communities to take responsibility for managing local resources. This approach is being championed by the Society for Protection of Nature in Lebanon (BirdLife in Lebanon) as a part of their Important Bird Areas programme, and is helping to build capacity for local …

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Syrian Serin Birds Spotted at Hima Anjar/ Kfar Zabad by Dr. Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi

The Hima approach that SPNL is reviving for natural resources sustainable use, reforestation and habitat restoration, water & chemicals management with the farmers, controlled grazing with shepherds, awareness campaigns for schools and local communities, yearly bird festivals, ban on hunting at Hima Kfar Zabad is starting to pay off. The status of the IBA/Himas of Kfar Zabad/Anjar is starting to …

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A Planning Meeting for Hima El-Fakiha (Anti-Lebanon Range)

SPNL organized a planning meeting for Hima El-Fakiha on Thursday July 18 2013, ensuring the participation of the main stakeholders mainly municipality, CREADEL NGO, and SPNL. Five main economic sectors have been identified in the region namely: hunting, grazing, ecotourism, water, and agriculture. Further, importance of organizing annual awareness events has been highlighted where involvement of women has been stressed. …

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MAVA project accomplishments start to show up in Hima Anjar- Kfar Zabad IBA

The project titled “Restoring Hima Ecosystem functions though promoting sustainable community -based water management systems” in the Anjar and Kfar Zabad IBA, supported by the MAVA foundation, has started to show success stories on the ground. The projects’ interventions started January 2013 with the farmers of Anjar and Kfar Zabad that included improving the water management irrigation systems and raising …

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Sharing or sparing land for nature?

A new ecological study of novel human-influenced ecosystems should change the debate about whether farmers should be sharing land with nature or sparing land for nature. Sparing land for nature Lately the sparing-v-sharing argument seems to have been going the way of the sparers.  Much discussion has centered on a critique by Cambridge University’s Ben Phalan two years ago on “how to meet rising …

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World Migratory Bird Day in HimaKfarZabad

On Saturday 11 May 2013 SPNL, the municipality of Kfar Zabad and Anjar, organized a World Migratory Bird Festival in Hima Kfar Zabad. The festival took place through the generous funding of the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality, in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), BirdLife International, European Commission, and the MAVA …

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El Fekha Claimed as a New Hima

SPNL in partnership with the Fakha municipality and CREADEL social organization have declared on 6 May 2013 a new Hima site in the village of El Fekha in the Anti-Lebanon Mountains of Bekaa. The project funded by the CEPF, was launched in a ceremony attended by the SPNL team, CREADEL, and members from the municipality of El Fekha and local …

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Hima Ma’abourAlAbyad in collaboration with local Jaafar Tribe to protect the Junipers

Commonly known as Junipers, the Juniperus Excelsa is a tree species found in the Eastern Mediterranean and South Eastern Europe. In Lebanon, it grows at altitudes between 1500-2800m above sea level. The Juniperus Excelsa is classified as a species of least concern (LC) as part of the IUCN Red List. However, in Lebanon, Juniperus Excelsa forests have been severely degraded …

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