Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter March 2014

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Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter

Issue March 2014

CEPF grant to bring hunting in Lebanon under control

The Lebanese Environment Forum has received a CEPF large grant of over $180,000 to promote sustainable hunting practices in Lebanon, using a community-based approach. The project will complement other work by the BirdLife International/UNDP-GEF Migratory Soaring Birds project, and by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL), the BirdLife national Partner.

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HIMAs and PHAs: The Balance between the needs of wildlife and people

By Ghassan Ramadan-Jaradi, PhD

For the first time in Lebanon, a project combines two main actions: Community based Conservation (CBC) & Scientific based Management (SBM) on one side, and Wise Traditional harvest and Use (WTHU) through specific criteria and guidance material for management on the other hand. Lebanon is located in one of the world’s most important corridors for bird migration, yet every year many birds are killed on their way south to winter or north to breed by recreational hunters and shooters who are either unaware of or indifferent to the country’s poorly enforced hunting ban.

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SPNL Show Best Practices at South-South Development Expo

Director of SPNL Assad Serhal has stressed the importance of Lebanon participation in the First Arab States Regional South-South Development EXPO which aims to enrich the international continued dialogue on sustainable development before and after 2015. The Expo that was held in Doha February 18-20, 2014 was of high significance by which it provided opportunities to demonstrate solutions and enable the sharing of expertise and know-how between more than 500 delegates from 45 different countries in a number of development fields, including domains relating to women and youth, food security, water, energy and renewable energy.

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MED-PHARES project gathers five organizations to restore Mediterranean maritime areas

“Integrated Management Strategies for the development of the lighthouses and semaphores in the Mediterranean” is the title of the new project involving four Mediterranean countries:  Italy represented by ” Agenzia Conservatoria delle Coste della Sardegna ” , France represented by the ” Conservatoire du Littoral et des Rivages Lacustres “, Tunisia represented by ” Agence de Protection et d’Aménagement du Littoral “ and Lebanon represented by two partners: Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL and the municipality of Tyre.

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CEPF Photo Contest Finalist – Which is Your Favorite?

SPNL participated in the CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund) photo contest and three SPNL pictures have been chosen as finalists among others. The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) invited its grantees to enter its first Digital Photo Contest.

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The absence of rainfall in Lebanon: upcoming water crisis?

By Giulia Del Sarto

Lebanon will face a water crisis this spring and summer due to unprecedented scarcity in rainfall. January 2014 – usually the rainiest month of the year – have witnessed an awkwardly sunny weather. Until January 21, rainfall rates in Lebanon had failed to reach the normal yearly average, according to meteorological figures at Beirut’s international airport. Rainfall in the capital should have been 440 millimeters at this time of year, but only 237.8 millimeters were recorded. In Central Bekaa, the average reached 128 millimeters, compared to an average of 435 in previous years. In the north, it reached 340.9 millimeters, compared to 454.

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The science of saving nature

By Martin Fowlie

BirdLife’s UK Partner, the RSPB, is launching a new initiative, the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science  – which includes an online science hub – dedicated to discovering solutions to 21st century conservation problems, reinforcing the BirdLife Partnership as a world leader in conservation.

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BirdLife International announces Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson as Acting CEO

Dr Hazell Shokellu Thompson is Acting CEO of BirdLife International after the recent resignation of Dr Marco Lambertini, who is joining WWF International as their Director General. “Marco will be greatly missed by our Partnership of conservationists from around the world that together are BirdLife International”, said Khaled Irani, BirdLife’s Chairman. “BirdLife has clear strategic direction, with even greater ambition following our World Congress last year, and the move reflects the respect for the work and achievements of the entire BirdLife

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Threatened Species » Vulture killing drug

Diclofenac is a powerful anti-inflammatory drug that has wiped out vulture populations in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Now, a repeat of this ecological disaster is threatening Europe. Despite the fact that safe alternative drugs are readily available, Diclofenac has been authorised for use on domestic animals in Italy, and in Spain where 80% of European vultures live, and is now becoming widely available on the EU market. According to experts in SEO/BirdLife (BirdLife in Spain), RSPB (BirdLife UK) and the Vulture Conservation Foundation, this may cause a European mass die off of endangered and ecologically valuable wildlife.

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With the Support of Mava Foundation

Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon – SPNL
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