Tag Archives: Nature

Protecting nature has bigger economic benefit than exploiting it

A new study analysing sites across the world has found that in most cases, economic benefits are higher when habitats are conserved or restored rather than converted to human uses such as farming. These findings add important ammunition to our fight for a greener future. By Jessica Law One of the main arguments some people make against conserving nature is that …

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Why a nature-positive economic system would benefit us all

Integrating nature into business decisions isn’t just good for the environment – it also benefits society and the economy. Here’s why the world should redirect financial flows away from nature destruction and ensure biodiversity is mainstreamed into business. By Magdalene Trapp, Biodiversity Policy Officer, NABU (BirdLife in Germany) Transformational change is needed within the systems that underpin our economies for them …

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Learning to lead during times of uncertainty

January 21, 2021, marked the end-of-year graduation for cohort 3.of MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy, by which, Ms. Jamal Hamzeh, the Mount Lebanon Hima Center – MLHC manager and a senior project manager at SPNL has successfully completed the one-year leadership programme. MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy is a leadership development programme for professionals from partner organizations of the MAVA, …

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Coexistence between nature and human in Japanese Satoyama Life

TAKESHI HOSHIDA Professor, YASUDA WOMEN’s University, Hiroshima, Japan Japan is a forest nation where forests cover about 70% of the country. Japanese life has been deeply connected to forests since ancient times. Among these forests, Satoyama is a nature that humans have access to, and they represent a state where both nature and humans coexist. A Sato is literally a …

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Why it’s important to love birds for more than just their beauty

We all know what our favourite bird looks like – but do you know why it’s evolved to look that way? Discover the amazing new project striving to build a stronger connection between people and nature – through the fascination of bird anatomy. By Jessica Law Have you ever looked at a spoonbill and pondered the reason behind its beak’s unique …

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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 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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A new report evidencing the benefits of Mobile Pastoralism for people and planet

We’re pleased to announce a new report by the Mediterranean Consortium for Nature and Culture detailing the many benefits of mobile pastoralism in the Mediterranean, and the world over. This 10’000-year-old practice, forgotten or lost in some places, may actually be a retro-innovative system of livestock management critical for the sustainability of our planet. With over 100 arguments detailing the …

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It’s autumn, free the Nature Directives!

By Ariel Brunner It’s “back to school” for the European Commission after the summer break and one of the first issues on the table is the conclusion of the Fitness Check of the Birds and Habitats Directives. The two year long process has seen  near unanimous support for the EU nature legislation from experts, citizens, regions, Member states and the …

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Minister Machnouk launches NatureWatch App

The Lebanese minister of Environment Mohamad Machnouk launched NatureWatch App in a ceremony held the in the Green Hall at the Ministry of Environment’s headquarters in Beirut. NatureWatch is a new iPhone App from BirdLife International and SPNL which allows you to plan your wildlife adventures, share your experiences, and help conserve some of the best sites for wildlife in …

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