Tag Archives: Mount Lebanon

Strengthening the ecological and socio-economic resilience of West Bekaa and Mount Lebanon landscapes through sustaining their cultural practices

As part of MAVA funded project “Strengthening the ecological and socio-economic resilience of West Bekaa and Mount Lebanon landscapes through sustaining their cultural practices”, SPNL conducted a capacity building training on March 27, 2021 at Homat Al Hima International Center in Kherbet Kanafar, West Bekaa. Ms. Jamal Hamzeh, project manager started the training by providing an introduction about the project, …

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School with No Walls educational day at Mount Lebanon Hima Centre

The Society for the Protection of Nature – SPNL organized an educational day at Mount Lebanon Hima Centre – MLHC with a group of boy scouts. Following their request, an eco-educational day about the main environmental problems in Lebanon while focusing on the natural resources and solid waste management, was tailored according to their needs. The day’s schedule included a …

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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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Discover the New Hiking Trails of Kayfoun and Shimlan

Kayfoun and Shimlan hosted the launching of the hiking trail connecting the two villages. More than 25 people from the villages of Shimlan, Ainab, and Kayfoun hiked the trail with 2 local guides from Kayfoun, in presence of Rev’d Nabil Shehadeh and more than 12 kids from different ages. The day started at Mount Lebanon Hima Center, whereby an introduction …

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Landscape assessment and analysis of Hima Kayfoun and Shimlan

On May 10 and 11, 2018, the students at the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management in the American University of Beirut (AUB) have presented their 3 months work of Landscape assessment and analysis of Kayfoun and Shimlan villages in front of a jury of professors and experts, municipal members of the two involved municipalities, and representatives of SPNL. …

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Please welcome SPNL’s 21th Hima at Kayfoun– Mount Lebanon

29 November 2017  was an important day for SPNL welcoming Kayfoun’s municipal council decree to declare the village as Hima. The municipal council, led by Mr. Ali Dagher, was proactive in declaring part of the municipal land as Hima for sustainable use such as ecotourism. The Council discussed the issue of establishing a protected area (Hima) within Kayfoun jurisdiction, in cooperation …

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Al Dichar site, a unique micro reserve for Iris Sofarana

Iris Sofarana is an endemic species of Mount Lebanon, which means it only naturally occurs in Mount Lebanon. It grows only on  a low herbaceous vegetarian and rocky slopes in mountainous regions between 1300 and 1700 meters of altitude. It was first described by Sir Michael Foster in 1889, an English physiologist with specimens collected around the village of Sofar. …

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Transhumance in Hrajel – Mount Lebanon

Transhumance is losing its importance today. People do not find it feasible to move along the valley. Few farmers undertake short-distance movements with their herds. However, transhumance helps avoid overgrazing occurring in lowlands. Also, it helps keep mountain pastures open. Overgrazing leads to extinction of many species of plants, birds, and mammals. These species are dependent on open habitats and …

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