As a part of the IUCN-led ‘Nurturing NGO Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean Project’, a capacity-needs assessment was carried out during a workshop in November 2012 in Amman, which led to the development of basic partner development plans for all NGOs involved, including the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL).
Dr. José Tavares, IUCN consultant and the Director of Vulture Conservation Foundation, trained and guided SPNL staff during a two days strategic planning workshop at SPNL office in Beirut on the 3rd and 4th of July 2014.
The workshop aimed at discussing, validating and completing the preliminary work done in September 2013, together with all staff and board of SPNL.
As part of the same project, SPNL benefited from a mentoring visit in September 2013, where some work was done to prepare the basis of such a strategic planning exercise. At the time, SPNL staff and the IUCN consultant analysed the following:
Quick assessment of Lebanon IBAs, with evaluation of their protected status and also active conservation actions/leaders, and location of SPNL Hima sites and projects, with quick evaluation of performance.
List of current SPNL projects, respective funders, project termination date, sites involved, name of SPNL´s project manager, and strategic pillar in which the project fits.
List of SPNL planned projects, with indication of potential funders, and proposed strategic pillars.
Current SPNL organogram
As a result of these discussions, SPNL staff and the consultant finally developed the skeleton of a new strategy for the organization for the period 2014 – 2020. The final version of the strategy is expected during August.