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Building the ecologic and socio-economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain Landscape by restoring and strengthening the socio-cultural fabric which sustains its biodiversity and cultural values

Discussion between Jamal Hamzeh, project coordinator and Mediterranean Partners in the Monitoring and Community Exchange (MCE) & Midterm Evaluation(MTE) Meeting in Morocco The project entitled “Building the ecologic and socio-economic resilience of the Shouf Mountain Landscape by restoring and strengthening the socio-cultural fabric which sustains its biodiversity and cultural values” (2017-2022), is one of only four pilot projects that comprise …

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Flyways: Birds have No boundary! Let’s create a safe flyway for Migratory Soaring Birds

By Bassima Khatib Lebanon lies on a strategic position: on the second most important flyway in the world between Europe & Asia downward to Africa in Autumn, and backwards in spring. More than 400 species have been recorded in Lebanon, including 37 species of migratory soaring birds that passes twice over Lebanon. Migratory soaring birds depend on thermals “Hot current” …

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How To Begin Composting If You Don’t Know Where To Start

As part of a micro-project funded by TDV, AFD, and FFEM, SPNL organized a training session on composting in SPNL’s newly established HHIC center in West Bekaa on Thursday 28/5/2020 The session was conducted by Maher Osta SPNL’s wetland expert, project initiator and manager, and attended by fourteen persons. A PowerPoint presentation emphasized the dangers of pollution to the waterways …

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The future of forest conservation goes digita

With many countries in lockdown, conservationists are finding new ways to fight deforestation and support communities that live in tropical forest landscapes. BirdLife’s Forest Landscape Sustainability Accelerator is back for 2020 and kicks things off at a ground-breaking digital conference   By Shaun Hurrell Despite the global pandemic, which has brought many of us to a halt, conservationists are continuing …

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SPNL’s Current and Post COVID-19 Action Planning

Mount Lebanon Hima Center- MLHC team led by its Director Jamal Hamzeh organized, today, an action planning workshop for SPNL team members who are leading on the different programmes and centers. The main aim of the workshop was to analyze the unforeseen challenge of COVID-19 and come up with a cumulative, realistic, and achievable three-month work plan for the five …

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SPNL and MESHC Anti-Poaching Unit: safety valve for nature

The Anti-poaching unit works as a Liaison between for Sustainable Hunting program for SPNL ​(Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon), and the Middle East Sustainable Hunting Center (MESHC) established in 2015. ​ We believe that hunting and sustainability must go hand in hand ​to make more Lebanese appreciate nature and to make hunting a more eco-friendly practice​. A …

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In-house Training on Ecotourism and Guiding Principles at HHIC, Kherbet Kanafar

On May 19, Homat al Hima International Center (HHIC) hosted a training day for team members to lead on ecotourism activities around Hima sites. This event comes as part of a training programme, to equip HHIC team with necessary skills, as they prepare to launch their ecotourism packages at the West Bekaa Valley of Lebanon. At HHIC, Andre Bechara, SPNL …

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A blueprint to save the planet

European Commission releases Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies  Today, following multiple delays, the European Commission released its highly anticipated Biodiversity Strategy and Farm to Fork Strategy [1]. These documents will map the main features of the EU’s biodiversity and food-related policies for the coming decade and are key components of the European Green Deal. Adopted during the height of …

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The M6 ‘Cultural Landscapes’ Steering Committee Meeting

The M6 ‘Cultural Landscapes’ Steering Committee Meeting (10-14 February 2020) was held in the framework of MAVA M6 partnership on Mediterranean Cultural Landscapes. The goal of the meeting was to conclude the Mid Term Evaluation process and set the groundwork for the design of phase 2 (2020-2022). 35 partners from 19 organisations met in the island of Lemnos in Greece …

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Several birds trapped in nets were released unharmed in Barja

Today, The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) team together with members of the Middle Eastern Sustainable Hunting Centre (MESHC) conducted field investigations around the city of Barja, Shouf, Mount Lebanon, in cooperation with a number of local hunters who follow the hunting law. The action was in response to recent intelligence received regarding industrial-scale trapping in …

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