Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter December 2014


Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter December 2014


Mark Your Calendar: On the Move Exhibition and Souk El Hima

Under the patronage of his Excellency The Minister of Environment Mohammad Al Mashnouk

Through the generous contribution of the European Union, UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality, and the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund. The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL in collaboration with the Municipality of Jbeil and the Municipal Cultural Center of Byblos cordially invites you to participate in the event of

On the Move Exhibition and Souk El Hima


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New Signatory to CMS Raptors MoU: Lebanon

Lebanon signed the CMS Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU). This brings the total number of Signatories to 49. Lebanon is critically important country for many species of migratory birds of prey. Lebanon’s signature to the CMS Raptors MoU is a welcome and highly positive sign that strengthens international coordinated efforts to conserve migratory birds of prey in Eurasia and Africa” said Assad Serhal, SPNL general director.

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At SPNL, we are passionate about the science and art of listening to and engaging with people. We also believe in the power of social media and we encourage our team to leverage technology to connect with people, stakeholders and influencers.
The world of emerging technology is always changing. These principles apply for any and all public communications platforms (both mobile and web-based). We’ve registered in a few networks below:Facebook Twitter Google +

Instagram Linkedin Youtube

Flickr  and more




SPNL Magazine Arabic Special Edition celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary
With the generous support of EU,  SPNL launched a special Arabic edition of SPNL Magazine celebrating the organization’s 30th anniversary.  Founding members Ramzi Kamel Saidi and  Assad Adel Serhal wrote an editorial titled ” THREE DECADES FOR NATURE AND PEOPLE”.
Download SPNL Magazine (Arabic Edition)




New Book Releases

Bird Identification Manual

“Bird identification Manual” is an achievement for birds and biodiversity in Lebanon. It would be an important resource for trainings and capacity building on birds, migration, and skills for bird identification.

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This “Bird identification Manual” provides the guidelines needed for the differentiation between bird species!
Plant pollinators, seed dispersers, agricultural pest controllers, environmental health indicators, amusers, art and technology inspirers… They are the birds, the ecological agents that perform valuable services!


New Book Releases

Field Guide to the Soaring Birds in Lebanon

Lebanon has been characterized as a ‘bottleneck’ site, as it lies on one of the most important flyways for migratory soaring birds (MSBs) in the world. Significant numbers of MSBs, over a million, many of which are globally threatened, fly through this corridor migrating back and forth each spring and autumn, from Europe and Asia, where they breed, to winter in Africa.


This book “Migratory Soaring Birds in Lebanon Field Guide” is an achievement for birds and biodiversity in Lebanon. It collates all relevant data on migratory soaring birds, helping bird watchers to differentiate between the various species.
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Birdlife International 50th Council meeting in Ecuador

BirdLife International, a global partnership of conservation organisations, had a successful meeting in Ecuador. Specifically, it was the 50th Global Council meeting, hosted by Aves y Conservación, one of Birdlife 120 National Partner around the Globe. The Council meeting, which is held every six month, is the main governance body for BirdLife International. The members of BirdLife, together with key stakeholders and supporters, come together to discuss and adopt a common framework and strategy with priorities for bird conservation.

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What BirdLife wants from Climate Change negotiations in Lima ?The 20th Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima provides an opportunity for governments to work together to address this global challenge, and to respond to the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who took to the streets in September, marching for climate action.


BirdLife International’s Asks for Lima

  • SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) targets to improve energy efficiency, so as to cut global energy demand. This will be fundamental to achieving climate targets whilst operating safely within environmental limits.
  •  Core social and environmental principles (e.g. human rights-based and ecosystem approaches) to govern all climate action.
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Hundreds of important sites for nature threatened with destruction



 More than 350 of the planet’s most important sites for nature are threatened with being lost forever according to a new report by BirdLife International.


BirdLife’s four decades of work on this is excellent analysis for underpinning species protection. The 12,000 IBAs are the largest global network of key sites for protecting birds, other animals and plants.”
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