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Launching of the Reforestation Season 2020 by USAID and LRI

On November 8th, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development organized, through the Livelihoods in Forestry project implemented by the Lebanon Reforestation Initiative NGO, a planting day in 8 different areas in Lebanon: Bcharre, Baskinta, Baaloul, Bakka, Rachaiya al Wadi, Sohmor


The SCAR Antarctic biodiversity portal and the SCAR Standing Committee of Antarctic Data Managers and expert group on Antarctic Biodiversity Informatics are excited to present a series of online webinars designed to help participants to better integrate biological field

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The future of biodiversity hangs in the balance. World leaders are gathering to review international targets and make new pledges for action to stem wildlife declines. Depending on whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person, you're likely to have different views on their progress so far…
Nursery of pine native trees, supported by LRI, to reforest many acres of Lebanon’s countryside
To promote environmental conservation and reforestation in Lebanon, USAID and the U.S. Forest Service are working with Lebanese communities, public schools and environmental non-profits to plant more than 300,000 native Lebanese trees by the end of 2014. Altogether, nine native tree nurseries and…
World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) Virtual

The 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB) is online only this year. The WCMB is the premier international conference in its field. It is held every three years under the auspices of the over 50-year old International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO). 

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Sea slugs: Discovering other inhabitants in the Barcelona coasts
A study on marine biodiversity has identified seventy-three species of sea slugs in the coasts of Barcelona, an anthropized environment due to the urban metropolis. In this group of gastropod molluscs, the most abundant in the urban coasts are sea hares, according to the article coordinated by the…
The third Harlan symposium

The third Harlan symposium draws attention to emerging issues in the history of agriculture and the evolution, conservation and use of genetic resources. It maintains the originality of the Harlan symposium series by emphasizing the multidisciplinary aspects of the science (from archeology to


ISERD – 995th International Conference on Environment and Natural Science (ICENS) aimed at presenting current research being carried out in that area and scheduled to be held on 6th - 7th February, 2021 in  Beirut, Lebanon . The idea of the conference is for the scientists, scholars, engineers and

Webinar Nature-Based Solutions: Green Infrastructures for Sustainable Wastewater Management

Freshwater, marine, and coastal ecosystems are under increasing pressure due to their exploitation for human use and because of man-made pollution. In many instances, households, industries, and the agriculture sector produce wastewater, which is often poorly treated or not treated at all. In a

Logo of IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020

Held once every four years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress brings together several thousand leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia, with the goal of conserving the environment and harnessing the solutions nature offers to global

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Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience, commitment to sustainability and world-class facilities.

The ‘Dear Green Place’ is the perfect place to host a sustainable and inclusive COP. It has set a target for carbon neutrality by 2030, aims to be one of the greenest cities

The restoration of natural forests and coasts can simultaneously tackle climate change and the annihilation of wildlife but is being worryingly overlooked, an international group of campaigners have said. Animal populations have fallen by 60% since 1970, suggesting a sixth mass extinction of life on…
SPNL and Municipality of Anfeh join The MedPAN network
Despite the challenges of this very special year for all of us, 6 new members and 4 new partners have joined the MedPAN network in 2020.
Forest and Landscape Restoration Guidelines
The publication is a general overview of the forest and landscape restoration program and implementation procedures since 2012 in the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR). After 8 years of activities, SBR is able to describe results and show that the FLR initiative in Lebanon may rightfully be defined a…
For Immediate Release Wednesday, August 19, 2020 On August 19, World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the aid workers who put their lives on the line to help people affected by crises around the world. Since the deaths of 22 humanitarians in a Baghdad bombing 17 years ago, every year on this date, we…

Article 25 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) establishes an open-ended intergovernmental scientific advisory body known as the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to provide the Conference of the Parties (COP) and, as appropriate, its other

Out of the 167 freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas identified, mapped and validated throughout the Mediterranean region, 75 percent were found outside the boundaries of any pre-existing protected areas or other KBAs, according to the main results of an IUCN assessment revealed today at the IUCN World…