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Butterflies migration were spotted at Hima Kayfoun and Ouzai

Amazing butterflies migration in several parts of Lebanon including Hima Kayfoun for the last three days. The butterflies were spotted also at Ouzai near the Rafic Hariri International Airport. Thousands of these butterflies migrating south. A magical spectacle. As witnessed and filmed by Maher Osta from SPNL and Ali Dagher Mayor of Kayfoun and Hima team. It’s the first-ever documentation …

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White stork … Flight for Survival

As the famous bearer of newborn babies to expecting parents, the White stork is a widely beloved symbol of good luck. Instantly recognisable, with its black-tipped white feathers and long red beak and legs, it is a familiar sight across Europe where it commonly lives close to humans, perched high upon trees, poles or village rooftops. After painstakingly constructing huge …

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World’s only tool-using vulture risks being lost forever

Hailed for its intelligence and majesty, the Egyptian Vulture was admired and worshipped throughout history. But decimated by poisoning, electrocution and illegal trophy hunting, the bird that was once an Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph is now Endangered. Can we save it before it’s too late? By Jessica Law The Egyptian Vulture is one of seven flagship birds in our Flight for Survival …

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Biodiversity monitoring training in in Hima Kherbet Kanafar

SPNL organized the second round of biodiversity monitoring training in West Bekaa Country Club- WBCC in Hima Kherbet Kanafar. The training is part of the “Shouf Landscape” pilot project funded by MAVA and implemented in partnership with ACS. More than 20 participants/volunteers from Al Shouf and West Bekaa region and undergraduates of reputable universities from Beirut participated in the training. …

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Water resources Protection in West Baalbeck region through Hima Approach

SPNL team visited West Baalbeck on Feb.11.2019. The meeting was heading Dr. Ibrahim nassar, president of the Municipality of West Baalbeck Union, Mr. Rida Dirani, Mayor of Qsarnaba Municipality, and Mr. Hussein Janbien, Mayor of Tamnine Al Fawqa Municipality. The meeting took place at the Municipality of West Baalbeck Union, Chmestar, to discuss progress of the SDC funded project “Empowering …

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SPNL is on the short-listed nominations for the #LushSpringPrize 2019

We are proud to announce that SPNL has been shortlisted for the INFLUENCE award by Lush Spring Prize. Amazing to be striding side by side so many other amazing organizations working towards regeneration in all its forms. Lush Spring Prize received hundreds of nominations from around the world, which have been narrowed down to a shortlist of 50. Judging takes place …

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Japan is willing to support Hima wildlife Rescue Center at Hima Ras El Matn

Assad Serhal, SPNL Director-General, and winner of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018 met today with H.E. Matahiro Yamaguchi Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Lebanon. He invited SPNL to apply for the grant to establish a Hima wildlife Rescue Center at Hima Ras El Matn. This Hima land was donated by philanthropist Yousef Abdel Samad living in New …

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SPNL team field visit with Litani River Authority

As a follow up to the agreement signed between SPNL and Litani River Authority on 31 December 2018, a field visit was organized today to the West Bekaa region. The aim of the field visit is to develop an action plan with SPNL starting with bird observatory at Kherbet Qanafar, and water & soil laboratory. Litani River Authority provided SPNL …

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Message from the Princess

Assad Serhal the Director General of SPNL (Birdlife Lebanon) received the following message from BirdLife’s Honorary President Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan: Dear Assad I hear from Patricia Zurita (BirdLife CEO) and then from Mr. Takuya Okada, a good friend, that you were to be a recipient of the MIDORI Prize. Many congratulations. I am delighted that the dedication …

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Looking to the past to create a better future: Assad Serhal interview

Assad Serhal, hunter-turned-conservationist, now Director of BirdLife Lebanon and winner of the MIDORI Prize for Biodiversity 2018, shares what motivates his important work to create community-based protected areas in the Middle East By Dima Obeidat Born in the village of Keyfoun near the foothills of Mount Lebanon, Assad Serhal grew up surrounded by nature and hunters, and he would get …

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