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Protecting Lebanon's Wildlife | Assad Serhal of SPNL (Part Two)

"[Hima] is a way of life - how you can use the water without destroying it or the grazing lands without overgrazing - this legacy goes beyond you to your family since you only inherit it, you don't own it" In the second part of a conversation with Assad Serhal, the Director General of the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (or SPNL), Charlie Moores discusses the all-important himas (community nature reserves), hunting, and the future of SPNL. Assad is the Director General of SPNL, the Birdlife International Partner. He sits on the Birdlife Global Council and is chairman of its Middle East Partnership Committee. He is founder and former president of the Lebanese Environment Forum, an organization that encompasses more than 40 NGOs working in the environment and manager of the Al Shouf Cedar Reserve. He is a technical advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and the UNDP on sustainable hunting-related issues, and an expert in project development. Assad helped found the Hima Fund, onto whose board he was elected and has helped to initiate 19 Himas (community-based protected areas) in Lebanon in the last 12 years. He has published several books on wildlife, including: Field Guide to the Mammals of the Middle East, Wild Mammals of Lebanon, Birds of Prey of the Middle East and Game Birds of the Arab World. For more information please go to spnl.org