Tag Archives: Hima

Hima Hammana has got it all

Central to Lebanon and eco-tourists’ hearts, Hammana features a fantastic destination for a perfect getaway at Mount Lebanon. Whether it is hiking, ziplining, canyoning, aqua trekking, bird watching, cherry-picking or sunset viewing, Hammana has got it all. A professional team of guides will accompany you through the village landmarks including its historic monuments, Lamartine valley, mesmerizing mountains, traditional houses, and …

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All you need to know about Mount Lebanon Hima Center- MLHC

Mount Lebanon Hima Center- MLHC, The Home of Hima is located in Hima Kayfoun, the first Hima in Mount Lebanon. The center is halfway to all Hima sites, 35 minutes away from Beirut, with a strategic location in the upper region of Beirut River Valley IBA, the most important bottleneck for migratory soaring birds during Autumn migration. The center aims …

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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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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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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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All you need to know about the Hima system

The hima system is a traditional system of protected areas that aims to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources by the communities surrounding the hima and for its benefit. This system contributes, indirectly, to preserving biodiversity, in addition to the natural and cultural heritage of the region in question. The hima system is important because it is a nature …

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Aya Town and Hima Approaches… A lot in Common

For SPNL and our Japanese partners it is very important to learn and explore the link between Satoyama in Japan and Hima approaches in our region. This will help to exchange knowledge and experiences to share with the world. Aya Town, located in Miyazaki Prefecture of the Kyushu Island, harbors one of the largest remaining Lucidophyllous Forests (warm-temperate evergreen broadleaved …

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Support Hima Farms: Land that doesn’t have birds doesn’t have wealth

Last week footage emerged online of a clip taken by a farmer in Western Bekaa, showing dozens of resting storks walking around his tractor foraging for food freely and safely. The footage was initially praised by environmentalists and pro-regulation hunters alike as a positive example of sustainable hunters working in harmony with nature. However, the Society for the Protection of …

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SPNL supporting the Hima communities in their fight against Covid-19

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and the Homat al Hima International Center (HHIC), from the latter’s headquarters in the West Bekaa Country Club, distributed food provisions to a number of families in the Western Bekaa region, in support of their efforts to sit out the global coronavirus crisis. Assad Serhal, director general of SPNL and …

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The avid hunter turned pioneering conservationist

As a young man in Lebanon, Assad Serhal was a keen hunter. But after an encounter with a Bobwhite Quail and its chicks, Assad was so moved that he decided to change course and dedicate his life to conserving birds – millions of them are shot in Lebanon every year as they migrate. He’s now a significant figure in Lebanese …

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