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 improve, especially for the Syrian Serin and the Common River Otter.
Over a hundred breeding adults, young and fledglings Syrian Serin birds were documented during a field visit to the wetlands on July, 19, 2013 by Dr. Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, where he captured some photos of the Syrian Serin both mature and young at both sites. In addition to marking 7 feces of River Otter trying to re- establish its territory in theHima, after it was thought to be extinct.
This marks as an evidence to the resilience of the Hima system, and the power of the local communities and IBAs/Hima site support group for nature conservation, and community development in Lebanon.