Tag Archives: IBAs

Lebanon declares protected area in the World Heritage Site of Byblos

By Majd Abu Zaghlan, The World Heritage Site of Byblos is now officially the 17th Hima in Lebanon. The announcement took place in the municipality of Byblos with the presence of SPNL team and the municipality vice-president Ayoub Bark. Byblos (Jbail in Arabic) is the Greek name of the Phoenician city of Gubla or Gebal. It is a modern city …

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Wetlands for our Future: Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) in Danger

Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments worldwide. Lakes, marshes, lagoons, river deltas and mangroves; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival. The Ramsar Convention is the most important mechanism for the conservation of these wetlands. BirdLife’s Important Bird …

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#ImportantBirdArea of the Month: Jabal Moussa Mountain, Lebanon

The area inhabits 14 large and medium mammal species such as the Rock Hyrax. 215 plant species among which 20 tree species and 11 endemics

Location Lebanon, Mount Lebanon Central coordinates 35o 45.91′ East  34o 3.10′ North IBA criteria A4iv, B1iv Area 3,787 ha Altitude 1,100 m Year of IBA assessment 2008 Summary The site is a mountain which extends westwards from the main Mount Lebanon chain along the edge of the Nahr Ibrahim, just to the west of Jabal Aalmat on the opposite side of …

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Hundreds of important sites for nature threatened with destruction

More than 350 of the planet’s most important sites for nature are threatened with being lost forever according to a new report by BirdLife International. Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are places of international significance for the conservation of the world’s birds and other nature, with over twelve thousand having been identified worldwide. IBAs are the largest and most …

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Nature Watch : A smartphone App for IBAs

BirdLife International and its partners are working to develop an exciting new iPhone application to better conserve our Important Bird Areas. The App is called ‘Nature Watch’ and it has been designed to encourage engagement, information sharing and social networking around sites. It will allow you to share text and images from the sites, and for you to monitor this …

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CEPF grant to bring hunting in Lebanon under control

The Lebanese Environment Forum has received a CEPF large grant of over $180,000 to promote sustainable hunting practices in Lebanon, using a community-based approach. The project will complement other work by the BirdLife International/UNDP-GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project, and by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL), the BirdLife national Partner. Despite its small geographical area, 399 species …

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IBAs in Danger – urgent action needed!

An increasing number of  Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs) are under threat from damaging development – much of which is poorly planned and does not take environmental values into account. “The IBAs in Danger initiative provides an essential focus for governments, development agencies, the international environmental and conservation conventions, business and wider civil society to act to prevent the …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Upper Mountains of Akkar-Donnieh

Mountainous forest dominated by Turkey Oak, Fir, Cedar of Lebanon and Juniper, with Calabrian Pine found at lower altitudes

Location: Located at the northern end of Mount Lebanon. This IBA stretches from Wadi Jouhannam to Qammouaa including the villages of Mechmech and Fnaideq. Total area: 5270 ha IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 Explanation: A1 & A2 Evidence of at least 28 pairs of Syrian Serin (regional endemic sp.), found only in the Middle-East. A3 13 Biome-restricted bird species …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Tannourine Cedars Nature Reserve

Location: In the north of the Mount Lebanon range, between the villages of Tannourine et-Tahta and Hadath ej-Joubbe. IBA Criteria met: A1, A4iv Explanation: A1 A very high breeding density of Syrian Serins (Serinus syriacus) was reported here in 2001 and 2002. A4iv At least 15 species of soaring bird were seen migrating over the site in 2005 including large …

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Important Bird Areas-IBAs: Ras Baalbek

Flat or gently undulating stony desert and semi-desert, rising up to a wide wadi extending eastwards into the Anti-Lebanon Range

Location: The Ras Baalbek IBA is found at the extreme north end of the Bekaa Valley, in north-east Lebanon, extending up into the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range, in between the towns of Ras Baalbek and El Qaa. Total area: 7,814ha IBA Criteria met: A3  Explanation: 10 biome-restricted species, mostly from the Saharo-Sindian Desert Biome breed here – Cream-coloured …

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