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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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