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Lecture about responsible hunting at Green Orient Camp 2019

Today SPNL participated in the Green Orient Camp 2019 which is held by Green Orient with the collaboration of Shouf Biosphere Reserve at Ain Zhalta. Mr. Maher Osta of SPNL gave a lecture about responsible hunting and biodiversity, explaining to the participants why we hunt some bird species and preserve others, while explaining the Lebanese hunting law in detail, highlighting …

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CABS and SPNL prepares bird protection strategy for the upcoming autumn migration

Forging a way forward in Lebanon: this week, CABS members traveled to West Bekka, Lebanon to meet with our partners from Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (Birdlife Lebanon), Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) and the Association for Bird Conservation in Lebanon جمعية حماية الطيور في لبنان (ABCL). The purpose of the meeting was to agree on …

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Flying into the face of danger

Shooting, trapping, poisoning – an average of 24 million birds are illegally slaughtered in the Mediterranean each year as they attempt their perilous migratory journey between Africa and Europe. The strongest migrants – weakened and vulnerable, having already travelled thousands of kilometres – are shot out of the sky, trapped in glue or invisible nets, or fatally poisoned. Endangered species, …

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Urgent measures to facilitate the implementation of the law of hunting in Lebanon

he Lebanese Minister of the Interior and Municipalities, Ria Haffar El Hassan, has penned a letter to the General Directorate of the Internal Security Forces (enforcement agency) asking for urgent measures to facilitate the implementation of the law of hunting in Lebanon. “Lebanon is positioned along one of the worlds most important corridors for bird migration and these birds belong …

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Poachers are not allowed to use a noble tool of scientific study for slaughtering birds

Ringing of birds requires holding them by the net. The purpose of this work is to know where the birds go and from where they come. In the near past, Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, professor of ornithology, implemented in collaboration with SPNL (BirdLife International Partner) a project that was supported by the National Council for Scientific Research to ring passerines birds after they …

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CABS & SPNL Lebanon Camp September 2018

In September 2018, the third CABS & SPNL Bird Protection Camp takes place in Lebanon. The focus is on working against illegal bird hunting in the Lebanese Mountains east of Beirut – one of the most intensive hotspot areas for poaching birds of prey whilst attempting to migrate from Europe to East Africa. With daily field investigations, talking to hunters …

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Khatib calls on security forces to enforce hunting law

Environment Minister Tarek Khatib Monday called on security forces across Lebanon to enforce Lebanon’s hunting law as bird migration season approaches, a statement from his office reported. “We call upon municipalities in various Lebanese regions, and security forces, to ensure the implementation of laws that prevent the hunting of … migratory birds, including endangered storks,” the statement read. Khatib reinforced …

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Open letter: give our birds safe passage over Lebanon this spring

With the spring migration just a few weeks away, conservation groups the world over have come together in support of an open letter to the President of Lebanon. Croatian conservationists call for the President to honour his promise for stricter enforcement of hunting laws. By Jessica Law Last May, bird lovers were entranced by the story of Klepetan, a lovestruck White Stork Ciconia ciconia who, …

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People of the Serbian village of Taraš to President Aoun: Please make Lebanon safe for storks

  Dear Mr. President, Your Excellency General Michel Naim Aoun, I am writting to You in the name of the Association of citizens “Taraš storks” and people of the Serbian village of Taraš, which has the title of European Stork Village for the 2015. Year.   Spring migration is almost to start and we are deeply worried for the safety …

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Joint Appeal of 52 organizations from 28 countries to the President of Lebanon

A group of 52 Lebanese and European Environmental NGOs and International BirdLife partners from 28 countries have signed an open letter asking President Michel Aoun to enforce the Peace Treaty between Man and Birds in Lebanon that he announced in April 2017. We ask that Law 580/2004 (hunting law) is enforced during the spring 2018 migration and at all times. We ask that shooting at protected species will …

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