Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Hima Ebel ElSaqi

  Location: Southern Lebanon between Marjayoun and Hasbaya, west of the Hasbani River. Village lies on the Rift valley flyway, well documented for migratory raptors and soaring birds. Total area: 219 hectares IBA Criteria met: A1, A3, and A4iv  Explanation: A1 presence

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Ehden Forest Nature Reserve

Location: Situated between 1200-2000 m elevation on the upper northwestern slopes of Mount Lebanon. Total area: 140 ha IBA Criteria met: A1, A2 Explanation: Most balanced Mediterranean forest ecosystem in Lebanon. A1 & A2 migration stop over site for a number of

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Bentael Forest Nature Reserve

  Location: In the hills just east of the town of Jbail, on the coast north of Beirut.   Total area: 150 ha IBA Criteria met: B1iv   Explanation: There is an estimate annual autumn passage of soaring birds exceeding 3000, including White Pelican, Common Crane,

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Palm Islands Nature Reserve

Location: The three islands lie approximately 5.5 km north-west of the city of Tripoli. Total area: 500 ha IBA Criteria met: A1 Explanation: A1 Several globally threatened bird species such as Audouin’s Gull, Dalmatian Pelican, and Corncrake can be observed here. The reserve

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Beirut River Valley

Location: The site consists mainly of Beirut River water shed, extending 20km west from Falougha, where the river rises, to the outskirts of Hazmeih, just east of Beirut. Total area: 8096 ha IBA Criteria met: A4iv Explanation: In spring, large numbers of White Stork and

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Anjar Kfar Zabad

Location: Eastern Bekaa, at foot of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range, in the municipalities of Anjar and Kfar Zabad. Total area: 326 ha  IBA Criteria met: A1 Explanation: At least fifteen breeding pairs of Syrian Serins (Serinus syriacus) were present at the site in spring

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Aammiq Wetlands

Location: West Bekaa at the foot of Mount Lebanon and stretching across to the Litani River at 865m. Total area: 280ha approx. IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, A4iv Explanation: A1 The wetlands an important stop-over site for2 globally threatened spring migrants, Corncrake and

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Community conservation methods go back to the future

A centuries old method of conservation is being revived in Qatar and other parts of the Islamic world. At the fifth Hikma session at COP18/CMP8, participants from countries such as Lebanon, Morocco, Bahrain and Egypt explained how the ancient principle of Hima was being

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs

Important Bird Areas-IBAs  Important Bird Areas-IBAs are among the world’s key sites for the conservation of biodiversity. They are identified nationally using data gathered locally, and compared with internationally adopted criteria. The programme recognizes that sites can

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