Wings and Waves Newsletter June 2015

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Save Tadmur desert #Save_Zenobia

A rare bird may become extinct in Syria because of the capture of Palmyra by Islamic State, experts say. A tiny breeding colony of the northern bald ibis – a critically endangered species – was found near the city in 2002. Only one female returned from the wintering grounds in spring 2013.

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CEPF Mid-term Assessment Regional Meeting in Ulcinj

CEPF mid-term assessment of the Mediterranean Basin Biodiversity Hotspot has been initiated since January 2015. This involved National Assessments with 186 participants from all 11 eligible countries of the hotspot; a Stakeholder Survey in 4 languages for all stakeholders in the Med programme, receiving 116 responses.

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BirdLife World Congress to be held in Singapore in 2017

Birdlife 52nd Global Council meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, from 1st – 4th June 2015. In addition to the formal Council Business; Birdlife Council played a very active role in the EU’s Green Week, with high-profile speeches from the BirdLife CEO – Patricia Zurita and several Council members from Partners

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Responsible hunters clean-up Aammiq Wetland

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As part of the responsible hunting activities, SPNL participated  in the clean-up of countless cartridge and other solid waste materials that are extremely harming the sensitive ecosystem of Aammiq Wetland




On the Move Keeps Moving

After a successful stay at the Botanical Gardens in Madrid, On the Move made two stops in Asturias, Spain. The first was in the Ecomusuem of Villaviciosa from the 10th of April – 3rd of May, and the second was in the Palacio Florez Estrada in Somiedo from the 8th – 24th of May, where the exhibition was welcomed by locals and visitors alike. We would like to thank all the volunteers in Asturias for making that happen!.

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Summer is here at The Garden Show

Summer is here, and with the longer, warmer days comes the desire to spend time outside, out of the city, surrounded by green. Looking to inspire in that direction is the 12th edition of The Garden Show and Spring Festival

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NatureWatch App Launched!

  • NatureWatch is a new iPhone App from BirdLife International which allows you to plan your wildlife dventures, share your experiences, and help conserve some of the best sites for wildlife in the world.Covering 533 Important Bird and Biodiversity
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Farmer in Harmony with the White Stork in West Bekaa, Lebanon

A good sign that Lebanese farmers are becoming more friendly with White Stork, these pictures in West Bekaa shows farmer working in his land and near him the storks are resting after a long migrating journey

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Important News

The Mediterranean Consortium congratulated by the MAVA Foundation

Wetlands for our Future:  (IBAs) in Danger

Get behind nature on International Day of Biological Diversity

Consuming With Care: World Environment Day 2015




R-KNOW workshop in Sharam El-Sheikh

The “Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management (R-KNOW)” project is a three year regional project working in five

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Rovio’s Angry Birds team up with BirdLife to fight bird extinction

The famous Angry Birds team up with BirdLife International in a unique campaign to protect real-life birds in the South Pacific. Like their counterparts in the game, Pacific birds are threatened by introduced predators eating their eggs and so pushing them to the verge of extinction.

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New book and mobile app to guide people’s interest in nature of Qatar

The Friends of the Environment Center in Qatar (BirdLife Partner for Qatar) have used both traditional and digital routes to create two guides to the nature of Qatar.

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Superabundant bird decline mirrors Passenger Pigeon

One of Eurasia’s most abundant bird species has declined by 90% and retracted its range by 5000 km since 1980 a new study shows.

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Al Dichar site, a unique micro reserve for Iris Sofarana

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Iris Sofarana is an endemic species of Mount Lebanon, which means it only naturally occurs in Mount Lebanon.


The natural site of Al Dichar in Ehmej, was created in May 2015 under the designation of protected natural site. More than 62 hectares of public lands were offered to make a sanctuary for nature.



First Place Winner: Biodiversity

People’s Choice Award



2015 CEPF Photo Contest Winners

These striking images celebrate the people, species and ecosystems that CEPF supports through its grants to civil society organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.

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First Place Winner: Climate Change

Honorable Mention



Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL



Tel/Fax: 00961 1 343 740 / 00961 1 344 814 / 00961 1 748308Address: Awad Bldg, 6th Floor, Abdel Aziz Street, P.O.Box: 11-5665, Beirut, Lebanon




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