Wing & Waves Newsletter | January – February 2018


SPNL promoting Hima at LUSH SUMMIT 2018

Held on the 14th and 15th of February 2018, Lush Summit 2018, is the annual convention hosted by the cosmetics brand. Whatever you care about, the Summit’s the place to make it count.  SPNL was invited to sit in on a hotbed of discussion, debate, activism and action, from campaigners and grassroots voices across the globe.

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Please Mr. President Aoun make the sky over Lebanon safe for migratory birds!

Just a few days before the start of the spring bird migration over Your country, 52 signatories from 28 countries – mostly leading non-governmental organisations in the field of bird protection in their respective countries in Europe – are sending, President of Lebanon, his Excellency General Michel Aoun, their joint appeal in the attached letter, all hoping that, starting this spring, migrating birds will have a free and safe flyway over Lebanon.

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Please welcome SPNL’s 20th Hima at Aitanite – West Bekaa

22 December 2017  was an important day for SPNL welcoming Aitanite’s municipal council decree to declare the village as Hima. The municipal council, , led by M. Assaad Najem, was proactive in declaring part of the municipal land as Hima for sustainable use such as ecotourism, responsible hunting, and grazing.

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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.

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AUB students assess the Landscape of Shemlan and ecotourism trails of Hima Kayfoun

Professor Architect Maria Gabriella Trovato with her students at the Architect and Landscape Department in the American University of Beirut (AUB) visited Shemlan village – Kaza Aley. The main purpose of the visit was to assess and analyze the Landscape of Shemlan, especially after announcing the neighboring village Kayfoun as a Hima and initiating ecotourism trails between the two villages.

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Empowering Local communities for Watershed Management in West Bekaa through Hima Approach

The Society for The Protection of Nature in Lebanon-SPNL will be working with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation- SDC in partnership with the Bekaa Water Establishment- BWE on a new project entitled ” Empowering Local communities, especially Youth and Women for Watershed Management in West Bekaa region through Hima Approach” aiming to promote conservation of West Bekaa region water resources (watershed of Chouf Mountain Landscape) through empowering local youth as leaders for change, and strengthening their relationship with their spring/river; thus creating spring/river stewardship.

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SPNL’s Hima approach is part of Annahar special Edition

Annahar Lebanese daily newspaper launched a special issue, that was published today, which features an unprecedented group of prestigious guest writers.Over 250 iconic personalities, including SPNL Managing Director Assad Serhal, wrote in the special issue, hosted by the issue’s guest Editor-in-Chief, governor of Banque du Liban Dr. Riad Salameh.

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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.

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Red List: Which birds are most in need of our help?

You may have read about the recent Red List update over the past month. In full, it’s called the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, and BirdLife International is the authority for birds, coordinating the process of evaluating all of the world’s bird species against the Red List categories and criteria in order to assess their extinction risk. This is a big job, and essential for effective bird conservation

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The Eurasian Skylark still faces a number of threats in Lebanon

By Fouad Itani

The Eurasian Skylark is a small passerine bird from the Alaudidae family. It measures 18 cm in length, with a wingspan of 39 cm, and an average weight of 40 g.
Like most larks, the Eurasian Skylark is a brown to sandy grey bird, it has a buff breast with dark streaks, a white belly, and a short foldable crest on the head.

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Two beautiful table books to commemorate the return of the Scarlet Ibis to the mangroves of coastal São Paulo

Two beautiful table books were published to commemorate the return of the Scarlet Ibis to the mangroves of coastal São Paulo State: Olmos, F. & Silva e Silva, R. 2003.Guará: ambiente, flora e fauna dos manguezais de Santos-Cubatão. São Paulo: Empresa das Artes, 216p. and Silva e Silva, R. 2007. Guarás vermelhos no Brasil. São Paulo: Avis Brasilis, 240p.

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Uncovered: the secret sex life of birds

By Tim Birkhead

For years, people assumed most birds were monogamous. This idyllic image was blown apart when research revealed lifestyles of polygamy, polyandry, marathon mating sessions and sperm competition. Welcome to the secret reproductive life of birds. Shocked? Blame it on natural selection.


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