Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter November 2014

Wings & Waves - SPNL's Newsletter September 2014
Wings & Waves – SPNL’s Newsletter November 2014

Beirut hosts workshop to discuss responsible hunting areas in Lebanon

Lebanese Environment Forum (LEF) and the Society for the protection of nature in Lebanon (SPNL) organized a workshop in Beirut to discuss the obejectives of a project to promote responsible hunting practices in Lebanon through initiating a pilot model Responsible Hunting Area – RHA. LEF has received a CEPF grant to promote responsible 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 through: Selection of one of the identified RHAs, Survey the RHA site for its habitats, land uses, general biodiversity, and threats. Implement an EIA assessing the impact of establishing RHA on the site. Develop a management plan including all the needed actions and activities for promoting responsible hunting in the area.

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SPNL brings “ON the MOve” Exhibition to Byblos

On the Move is set to make its fourth stop in Byblos Cultural Center from 10  to 14 December 2014, in collaboration with the Municipality of Byblos, funded by the European Union (EU). With more than 50,000 visitors in the last five months, and after successful tours in Tunisia, Paris and Geneva, On the Move promises to reach a large Lebanese and international audience in the historic city of Byblos.

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:

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Flickr  and more

On the Move has made its third stop in Geneva at the Natural History Museum!

For the first time, the photographers were present to see how their work has come together. The Mediterranean Consortium partners, MAVA Foundation, and many NGOs and families were also invited to the opening of the exhibition that was held the evening of October 10 2014.

At the opening, cheese products gathered from the different regions of the consortium partners were the welcome treats. Each type of cheese was a story that partners of the consortium could tell.

the Mediterranean Consoritum partners, Diversearth, Med-Ina, Associacion Transhumancia y Naturaleza, WWF North Africa, and SPNL in the presence of MAVA Foundation and IUCN had a technical meeting to discuss what the consortium has done so far and where they need to go now.

Beyond Magazine speaks with Assad Serhal

Beyond Magazine speaks to Assad Serhal, Director general of the society for the protection of nature in Lebanon (SPNL) and the Chairman of the Birdlife Middle East partnership committee, to give us an insight into the state of Lebanon’s Birds.
It started during my childhood, when I went in hunting trips with my father. I later studied wildlife ecology management at Oklahoma State University, with a special focus on ornithology. During field studies, I came to understand birds and to love them, which prompted me to stop hunting.

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Renewable Energy

SPNL , represented by the assistant director general Ms. Bassima Khatib, has participated in the national Strategic Environmental Assessment  (SEA) consultation workshop for the renewable energy sector in Lebanon that was organized on 24 October 2014 in Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Hamra.

How Far Can Birds Fly Without Needing to Land?

Advances in technology are allowing us to learn more and more about how birds can travel huge distances under their own power. Not long ago, tracking equipment was so heavy that it would weigh birds down.


Albatrosses soar with amazing prowess over the Southern Ocean using a flying technique called dynamic soaring. Dynamic soaring allows albatrosses to tap into the energy of the wind, and can be used when the wind speed is higher than 30 km per hour, or 18 mph – which it usually is.

Celebrating The 50th Anniversary of IUCN Red List

This year is an important milestone for IUCN as it marks the 50th anniversary of The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

160,000 species by 2020 – will you help?

Our goal is to assess 160,000 species by 2020, more than doubling the Red List’s current size. This will require a tremendous amount of work, from collecting, analysing and reviewing data to publication and dissemination. We need your help! Watch our new video, sign our pledge, and spread the word. Help us make The IUCN Red List a more complete ‘Barometer of Life’. The world’s species are counting on you

International Action to Stop Illegal Killing of Birds Stepped Up at UN Wildlife Conference


  11th Conference of the Parties to the Convention (CMS COP11), is currently taking place in Quito, Ecuador

Intensive unsustainable hunting and illegal killing of migratory birds are taking place in many parts of the world driving species to the brink of extinction.

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