Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL), the BirdLife national partner in Lebanon, aims to protect nature, birds, and biodiversity in Lebanon and promote sustainable use of resources with people through reviving the concept of Al Hima. As a national environmental NGO in Lebanon, SPNL contributes to both raising awareness on environmental issues and concretely protecting natural areas in Lebanon.
SPNL bases its work on sound science and passionate commitment, which, through transparent and democratic processes, leads to a well-informed public. SPNL strives to advocate a better quality of life for people and nature through conserving sites, protecting species, and assuring sustainability.
Hima means “protected area” in Arabic and is a community-based approach used for the conservation of sites, species, habitats, and people in order to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources. It originated more than 1,500 years ago, when it was spread along the Arab Peninsula as a “tribal” system of sustainable management of natural resources. SPNL is reviving the Hima approach in collaboration with municipalities in order to promote the conservation of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and conserve the sustainable use of natural resources. Accordingly, SPNL announced several Hima in Lebanon: Hima for sustainable hunting, Hima for sustainable fishing, Hima for sustainable grazing, and Hima for sustainable use of water resources.
For more information, visit the group’s website here.