A Delegation from BirdLife Visits Hima Keyfoun
Posted on Mon, 21/05/2018
During a field visit to Mount Lebanon, several meetings occurred at HIMA Kayfoun and HIMA center, where the local community center inspected the flyway in this vital region. Together, SPNL and the Regional Flyway Facility (RFF) team have identified the targeted priority sectors to be Hunting, Agriculture and Tourism, and they have agreed on a number of key points specific to each sector, as detailed below:
For Hunting, they identified Beirut River Valley Bottleneck site as a priority area to establish cooperation with relevant municipalities, particularly Kayfoun, towards the responsible hunting context under the HIMA approach.
For Agriculture, discussions involved developing plans that support the implementation of MSB Project’s flyway friendly best practices for the governmental and private sectors. During the meeting, the team agreed that the olive oil industry in Lebanon, led by the private sector, is a great model for proposing more plans in the future, as it supports marketing potential in international markets.
For Tourism, the MSB project partnership in Lebanon mapped the need to take on responsible commitments in the sector and they agreed to ensure proper responsible labelling and certification scheme. On this note, SPNL will be the main lead, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and HIMA’s, as part of the community-based natural resources management, which Lebanon has always embraced when it comes to nature conservation methods.
The visit provided the opportunity to share information, exchange ideas as well as learn about important flyway areas in Lebanon, and in the upcoming weeks, there will be more work to fine-tune mainstreaming vehicle projects in order to be launched this year in the agreed sectors.