Tag Archives: First

Last flight of the goddess: How I Met Anahita

By Maher Osta, SPNL field officer Anahita is the name of the ancient Persian goddess of fertility, water, health, healing, and wisdom, so how come that I met her? Although the Anahita that I met could fly across borders and continents like she owned the planet and her ancestors were worshiped by the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, she is not …

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BirdLife International: Stop illegal killing of migratory soaring birds in Lebanon

      Our concern is protecting the 2.5 billion migratory birds that pass over Lebanon, twice a year. When flying over Lebanon, 2.6 million migratory birds are shot or trapped illegally; or being part of an illegal commercial trade between borders. Laws have been implemented to prevent bird poaching but today we need to be acting on the grounds …

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Designing Management Plans for the Hima Sites

The Society for Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and CommonsConnect kicked-off their seven-week training to raise the capacity of SPNL team, along with Homat al Hima representatives, on designing Management Plans for the Hima Sites. The workshops, led by Dalia Jawhary Madi, Comments Connect Founder, entail theoretical guidance on the different components of the management planning cycle as well …

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A symposium, bicycles and kites in the form of flying birds … a tribute to the beginning of the bird migration season

Coinciding with the start of the migration season over Lebanon, coming from Europe towards Africa….The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and the Middle East Center for Sustainable Hunting MECSH held, on Saturday, 5 September 2020, educational and sports-focused activity at the Homat al Hima International Center (HHIC) in Khirbet Kanafar – West Bekaa with the support …

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Global Call for the UN to Recognize the Right to a Healthy Environment – Letter to the Human Rights Council from civil society organisations

Dear Colleagues   Over the last few months, the Birdlife Secretariat has been working closely with a diverse group of civil society humanitarian and conservation organisations to advance our collective ambition for the recognition of the right to a healthy environment.   The group has written a letter to be sent to the Human Rights Council calling for the recognition …

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Contribution of the Egyptian Vulture New LIFE project to the Newsletter of the Vulture Specialist Group Issue September 2020

Media campaign was conducted by BirdLife Africa, NCF and SCF in Nigeria and Niger to stop the illegal killing of vultures. Moreover, a series of trainings on plant-based alternatives to vultures was held in Nigeria by NCF. In February 2020, explicit monitoring of SCF revealed seven new breeding territories of Egyptian vultures in Koutous Massif, Niger, increasing the total population …

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Three new breeding records for Lebanon

While working on an environmental micro-project funded by the Agence Francais de Developpement (AFD) and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM), SPNL’s project manager Maher Osta with the help of our partner in Mansoura (West Beqaa) Izzat Taha, successfully documented a very exciting find: Four species of wetland birds from the heron family were breeding successfully on a small …

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International Vulture Awareness Day at Hima Hammana & HHIC Khirbet Qanafar

The Municipality of Hammana and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL cordially invite you to join us at the Bird Observation Site in Hima Hammana for the International Vulture Awareness Day Saturday, September 5th, 2020 Location: Bird Observatory Site in Hima Hammana, 33°48’23.8”N 35°44’33.9”E Program 9:30 Gathering 9:45 Opening Speeches • SPNL • Egyptian Vulture …

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Join us for a celebration of the miracle of migration, birds and birding!

Dear Partners,We would love for you to join us in mid-October for a week-long global celebration of migration, birds and birding. We’re kicking things off on Saturday 10 October with World Migratory Bird Day, an annual celebration of the amazing endurance of migratory birds as they travel between their breeding and wintering grounds. On 17 and 18 October, we’ve joined forces with Global Birding, Swarovski …

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Poachers arrested in Qoubaiyat Northern Lebanon

In the context of BirdLife International’s Migratory Soaring Birds project, which is supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), and the project to combat the illegal killing of birds with the support of the MAVA Foundation, SPNL has participated in activities aimed at combating illegal hunting in the Qoubaiyat region of North Lebanon. …

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