Tag Archives: Assad Serhal

A Tradition of Conservation

Written by: Tom Verde Photographed by: Pascal Beaudenon Early in the seventh century, soon after Muslims established themselves in what is now the holy city of Madinah (formerly Yathrib), the Prophet Muhammad surveyed the natural resources in the region—the wadis (riverbeds); the rich, black volcanic soil; thHimae high rangelands—and decreed that they be preserved and set aside as a hima, …

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International Day of Biodiversity: HIMA Revival to Stop Nature Bankruptcy and Promote Sustainable Livelihood, Human Wellbeing and Human Rights

Hima, literally meaning “a protected place” in Arabic, is a traditional system of resource tenure that has originated in the Arabian Peninsula 1500 years ago and spread all over the West Asia and North Africa (WANA) region. In response to the harsh environmental conditions and resource scarcity characterizing that region, tribes announced resource-rich areas as Hima, customarily held and managed. …

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Assad Serhal Nominated to IUCN conferral of Honorary Membership

Assad Serhal, the Director General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) and the winner of Midori Prize 2018 is nominated by IUCN Council at its 98th Meeting in February 2020, on the recommendation of the Awards Jury, to the World Conservation Congress for the conferral of Honorary Membership. The selection will take place in June 2020 in Marseille, France, at the IUCN’s World …

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SPNL mourns the loss of A Rocha Co-Founder Miranda Harris and CEO Chris Naylor

The Society for protection of Nature in Lebanon is grieving the loss of some of its most prominent partners after the top leaders of A Rocha International—cofounders Peter and Miranda Harris and CEO Chris Naylor and his wife Susanna—suffered a fatal car crash on Monday. “SPNL mourns the loss of great partners that helped in protecting the environment of our …

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Hima Hammana Bird counting: Birdlife partners from three countries are helping students to become skilled birdwatchers

Bird counting has begun today in Hima Hammana with the Swiss and Swedish birders. Students from Ras el Maten visited the site and participated in this charming activity. They learned about this amazing phenomenon happening on the Lebanese skies every autumn! everyone can learn to count and identify flying eagles, buzzards, kites, storks and other birds. Join and listen to …

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H.E. Zhang Xinsheng , President of the Council of The World Conservation Union IUCN visits SPNL

SPNL executive board members lead by SPNL President Affaf Saidi, and SPNL team lead by SPNL CEO Assad Serhal and Hima representatives from Hamanna, Anfeh & Ras ElMetn, were honored to receive and hold a meeting at SPNL office , Hamra ,H.E. Zhang Xinsheng , President and Chairman of the Council of The World Conservation Union IUCN , The world …

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First confirmed breeding of two bird species and other interesting records for Lebanon

GHASSAN RAMADAN-JARADI, FOUAD ITANI, BASSEL ABI JUMMAA, ASSAD SERHAL, MAHER OSTA, SAMER AZAR & MAHER ROUHANA Summary: The known status of seven bird species in Lebanon has changed, chiefly during the last two years. Of these, Great Crested Grebe and Goldcrest have bred for the first time in the country and Lesser Crested Tern has reappeared after it was considered …

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SPNL participated in the Birdlife 65th Global Council Meeting

Assad Serhal the Director-General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) participated in the Birdlife 65th Global Council Meeting held from 17th – 19th June 2019 at David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK BirdLife International is the world’s largest Partnership of national civil society nature Conservation organizations and the world leader in bird conservation, represented in 118 countries and territories around the world. Its …

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HIMA FOR PEACE: ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN BIRDS | Assad Serhal

Al Hima’ which means a protected area or place is a traditional system of management of resources practised by indigenous people in the Arabian Peninsula. This concept has been used by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon for conservation of Key Biodiversity Areas and as means of engaging and empowering the local community at its Hima sites. …

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Lebanese president Aoun launches Bird-themed postage stamps

Lebanese President Michel Aoun launched three bird-themed stamps to celebrate World Migratory Bird Day, and to promote the awareness campaign, he launched to protect certain migratory birds in Lebanon. The postage stamps, which were unveiled during a celebration at Baabda Palace, had drawings of migratory birds that are significant to Lebanon’s biodiversity. Ibrahim Khader, Regional Director of Birdlife Middle East …

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