Tag Archives: Biodiversity

Why we desperately need space for nature on farms

By Jeremy Herry The single, most dramatic cause for the loss of biodiversity, species and natural habitats in Europe is intensive agriculture. To save wildlife, we desperately need space for nature on farms. And to achieve that, the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy needs to support farmers’ transition to nature-friendly farming. Check out our infographic below to understand why (you can also …

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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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Lecture about responsible hunting at Green Orient Camp 2019

Today SPNL participated in the Green Orient Camp 2019 which is held by Green Orient with the collaboration of Shouf Biosphere Reserve at Ain Zhalta. Mr. Maher Osta of SPNL gave a lecture about responsible hunting and biodiversity, explaining to the participants why we hunt some bird species and preserve others, while explaining the Lebanese hunting law in detail, highlighting …

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Web of Life The MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity

Overcoming a prolonged state of conflict, Mr. Assad Serhal of Lebanon restored the ways of the indigenous people of coexisting with nature to achieve outstanding results. As a zoologist, Dr. Kathy MacKinnon of the U.K. focused on scientific knowledge, as well as the knowhow of local people in raising questions with and offering proposals to policy-makers. Dr. Abdul Hamid Zakri …

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Winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018

The winners of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 were announced today. The MIDORI Prize is a prestigious biennial international prize organized by the AEON Environmental Foundation and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. It honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional, or local levels. The winners …

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Assad Serhal the Director General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) Wins Midori Prize 2018 in Biodiversity

Assad Serhal, the Director General of Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon), was named among the winners of the 2018 MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity. The full list of winners of the 2018 MIDORI Prize are: Dr. Kathy MacKinnon (U.K.) Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Mr. Assad Serhal (Lebanon) Director General, Society for the Protection …

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Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments

Biodiversity is inherently connected to forest landscape restoration, but conceptualising this relationship has been elusive – until now. A new publication called, ‘Biodiversity guidelines for forest landscape restoration opportunities assessments’ is intended to provide more context, more resources and fresh perspectives to the ongoing global interaction between biodiversity conservation and forest landscape restoration. IUCN.ORG invited two of the authors, Neil Cox of …

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SPNL and ACS biodiversity monitoring workshop in Maaser Al Shouf

On June 7 and 8, 2018, a joint workshop between the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) about biodiversity monitoring was held in the Park House in Maaser Al Shouf. The main aim of the workshop was to discuss and agree on the scientific component of the M6 project pertaining to Result …

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States must fulfil human rights obligations in protecting biodiversity, UN expert urges

Governments around the world are being urged by a United Nations expert to fulfil their human rights obligations to protect the world’s irreplaceable plants and animals. Speaking ahead of World Wildlife Day on Friday 3 March, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment, John H. Knox, said: “The rapid loss of biological diversity around the world should …

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UN Biodiversity Conference – Mainstreaming Biodiversity for Well-Being

On Friday, 2 December 2016, the High-Level Segment (HLS) of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) opened in Cancún, Mexico, preceding the  concurrent meetings  of CBD COP 13, the eighth  meeting  of  the  Conference  of  the  Parties  serving  as  the  meeting  of  the  Parties  to  the  Cartagena Protocol …

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