This resulted in success stories exemplified by the increase of the Syrian Serin, vulnerable bird species endemic to the area, breeding population; and the return of the River otter population to the wetlands. Further impact was clear by the retention of constant water levels during drought season in comparison with Ammiq wetlands which is drying up in some years during summer months. In addition to the drastic decrease of agricultural recharge to the water which led to higher quality of water in the upstream Litani river basin providing drinking water to more than 30 surrounding villages.
All this was realized through the kind support of BirdLife International, IUCN, MAVA Foundation, SDC, GIZ Japanese Embassy Fund , USAID, CEPF , Birdlife France LPO, EU , Norman Sills RSPB , EuroNature Germany , Swiss Embassy , SRT , GEF , UNDP, Ministries of Environment, Education, Agriculture, Defence, Energy and Water. In addition to Municipalities and Municipal police, Homat Al Hima, local farmers and others.
The signed MoU with the Litani River authority on 31 December 2018, has allowed the erection of informative signage in their facilities in West Bekaa region explaining about waterbirds, wetlands, and the biological treatment plant for water. The MoU allows SPNL interventions in community capacity building, awareness and education, science and research, and agricultural practices, mitigating illegal hunting, promoting reforestation, and upgrade of community livelihood.
Building on LRA MoU and our relationship with the lake municipalities, SPNL will replicate around the river and lake with all communities.