Lebanon - Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL)
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) was initiated in 1983 and was officially recognized by the Ministry of Interior in 1986. SPNL, the BirdLife national partner in Lebanon, aims at protecting nature, birds and biodiversity in Lebanon and to ensure sustainable use of natural resources 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.
- SPNL works with the people, for the people. Through capacity building, sustainable developmental projects, and awareness campaigns, SPNL strives to improve the livelihoods of the people in the Himas, IBAs, and elsewhere as well as to engage them in nature protection.
- Through the revival of the Hima concept, the 15 IBAs of Lebanon, and other nature reserves SPNL works with the communities to conserve sites and habitats.
- SPNL’s various conservation management tools target the protection of the species of Lebanon, primarily globally threatened species by securing their habitat, and advocating towards sustainable hunting practices.
- SPNL’s projects and main strategy revolves around promoting sustainable use of natural resources and development in Lebanon and the region.