As a national environmental NGO in Lebanon, SPNL contributes to both raising awareness on environmental issues and concretely protecting natural areas in Lebanon. For their amazing effort, SPNL was named a finalist for the Equator Prize 2015.
The Equator Prize is awarded biennially to recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities. As local and indigenous groups across the world chart a path towards sustainable development, the Equator Prize shines a spotlight on their efforts by honoring them on an international stage.
The Hima approach has been revived by SPNL to protect nature, birds and biodiversity in Lebanon and to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources through community based managed areas. Many international NGOs have adopted the Hima concept for being an approach for protecting natural resources through involving the communities, that have proven success on environmental, cultural, social, and economic level.
Hima approach is now adopted by European countries in order to strengthen community involvement in managing protected areas such as SPA, Natura 2000, and UNESCO geoparks. This is a new milestone for the revival of the Hima approach.
After 3 years of hard work, determination and success, the project “Promoting Hima Women Empowerment for Conservation and Livelihood” funded by the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality has come to an end. The closing ceremony took place on the 6th of November, 2015 in the beautiful city of Anjar that brought together a large number of people including local and national authorities, local and surrounding community members, donors, NGOs and especially women.
This ceremony was led by an official religious opening to commemorate the initiative under the UN Women project in the presence of the Mayor of Anjar as well as Mrs. Rana El-Houjeiri. The “Hima Shop” or “دكانة حمى عنجر” will serve as an outlet to market ‘Souk El Hima’ products made by the women throughout the project.
SPNL organized a Bedouin Festival in Hima Anjar and Kfarzabad highlighting the Bedouin style of life. The festival was attended by HE the wife of the German ambassador to Lebanon, Asaad Serhal, SPNL Director General, the Hima manager, and members of Kfarzabad municipality.
ew words explaining the value of the festival were held by Hima Kfarzabad manager, Mr. Kasem Shoker, thanking the visitors, especially the German Ambassador wife, for their participation and appreciation to the Bedouin way of living held for thousands of years, thanking the tribes for their presence. He talked about the importance of the Hima and he thanked SPNL and the EU for their generous assistance.
SPNL educational program SNOW- School with No Walls, aims to raise awareness about the Hima IBAs and KBA, species and ecosystems through the hands on program, and learning through fun. The SNOW program is a vertical and traversal part for all SPNL projects and programmes.
The participating schools were: the Kfarzabad public school with 40 students, the Arab public school of Kfarzabad with 25 students, followed by the Evangelical school of Anjar with 49 students. 114 students arrived, followed by the children of the Arab tribe clan leaders and the women working with the Zarb, food and wool, counting about 26 kids. A total about 140 kids, school students and Bedouin kids, participated in the program.
Still, the strawberries of Khajag shine with their beautiful glowing red, hiding below the leaves, and spreading to cover more than five times the surface planted. We visited the site during the mid of September and scoped the strawberry plants, seeing how beautiful they were, how appealing and according to my friend, how tasteful they are.
As a part of the MAVA project restoring hima functions through promoting sustainable community-based management systems, SPNL is finalizing the rehabilitation of the ecotourism trail which will serve as a major income booster for the site.
Sbidag Demirigian a young leader from Hima Anjar, who had the chance to represent her country in the Design for Change Celebration that took place in Mexico in September 2015. Sbidag was selected by the Design for Change Lebanon, for her inspiring project “More Sun Less Pollution” which highlights the creation of solar heater from waste products.
The Regional Conservation Forum (RCF) aims at providing governments, NGOs, partners and the private sector a platform to engage; to discuss key conservation issues as well as provide an opportunity to prepare for an effective programme and discuss membership business.
As world leaders gather in Paris to negotiate a global climate change agreement at the UN COP21 summit, a new report, jointly published by BirdLife International and US Partner the National Audubon Society, details the global severity of the threats from climate change.
Today 2.4 billion people do not have access to a basic toilet. Almost 1 billion people still defecate in the open. Without good sanitation, women and children are particularly at risk of disease and malnutrition.
From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which affects one in three worldwide.
Unifying the large-scale social mobilization and global events will be the use of the colour orange, which has come to symbolize a bright and optimistic future free from violence against women and girls. The call to action is part of the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, led by UN Women.
A third of the world’s women have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, most by intimate partners. However, a staggering six in every ten survivors of violence remain silent rather than seek support or protection.
In the Arab region, negative social stereotypes and patriarchy impose a culture of silence and fear on women survivors of violence. As a result, many perpetrators of violence against women go unpunished.
Your support will allow CODEFF to address threats at this Important Bird and Biodiversity Area through training local fishermen and other community members in ecotourism, invasive species control, and bird monitoring.
The Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita has had an eventful and turbulent relationship with humans that has resulted in a graph of its population decline that matches its iconic red down-curved beak.
The following is a short film highlighting hand-made accessories and art work of Hima women in Qoleileh using material linked to nature. These skills have been revived by SPNL under the project “Promoting Hima Women Empowerment for Conservation and Livelihood” funded by the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality.
The following is a short film highlighting the art of carpet weaving in Fekha. This skill was slowly being lost until SPNL decided to revive this skill with the help of an old woman in the village that still acquires this skill and trained 30 other women in nearby villages. This initiative was made possible under the project “Promoting Hima Women Empowerment for Conservation and Livelihood” funded by the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality.
The following is a short film highlighting the artistic Armenian needlework present in the village of Anjar. These cultural and traditional skills are linked to nature and are being revived by SPNL through the project “Promoting Hima Women Empowerment for Conservation and Livelihood” funded by the UN Women Fund for Gender Equality.