Lebanese NGOs sign responsible hunting chart to end current chaotic situation

Posted on Tue, 18/11/2014

More than 50 environmental civil society organizations in Lebanon have signed the MSB project’s responsible hunting declaration. This symbolic yet meaningful gesture reflects the desire of the Lebanese civil society to see an end to the current long-lasting chaotic hunting situation in the country.

By signing this declaration, Lebanese environmental NGOs are joining their voices and calling for the implementation and enforcement of the new hunting law that has been sitting in the starting blocks for too long and which will constitute an important step towards a well regulated hunting sector.

The signing ceremony took place during a workshop organized by the Lebanese Environment Forum (LEF) and the Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL – BirdLife Lebanon) and funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) as part of a grant to promote responsible hunting practices in Lebanon, using a community-based approach, and to initiate a pilot model Responsible Hunting Area.

LEF members

Mr. Hussein Al Kisswani, RFF flyway officer, was given the opportunity to present the MSB project Code of Best Practices for Responsible Hunting and the Full Protection Migratory Soaring Birds (available here). The code of best practices will be published in a booklet format and soon be available for distribution at MSB project partners’ offices.

The objective of this national workshop was to build the capacity of conservation NGO members of the LEF on sustainable hunting and Responsible Hunting Areas, and develop materials and an action plan for an awareness campaign, which will be implemented locally by the member NGOs.

The establishment of Responsible Hunting Areas in Lebanon is an attempt to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people using the best available science to ensure safe and sustainable hunting.

Game hunting is permitted within Responsible Hunting Areas borders with bag limit and under the control of the local community that is represented by the local authority, the municipality. Management within RHAs draws on disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, biology, ecology, climatology and geography to gain the best results.

Hussien Al Kisswani

Notes to Reader

Responsible Hunting Areas contribute to reduce the loss in the earth’s biodiversity by taking into consideration ecological principles such as carrying capacity, disturbance and succession; and environmental conditions such as physical geography, pedology and hydrology with the aim of balancing the needs of wildlife with the needs of people.

The “Lebanese Environment Forum” is a democratic umbrella organization that brings together environmental NGOs. It comprises more than 45 organizations and it is managed to coordinate and inter-cooperate among its members, to ensure the spread of information and contact ministries in order to boost action. The Lebanese Environment Forum was established in 1992 and it got official licensing from the Ministry of the Interior No. 415.

The Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund is a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. CEPF provides grants for nongovernmental and private sector organizations to help protect biodiversity hotspots, Earth’s most biologically rich yet threatened areas.