MED RIT Radar  
Mediterranean Basin Regional Implementation Team
Quarterly  E-Newsletter By the CEPF MED RIT
Issue No.4- November 2013
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First Hima created for Sustainable Grazing in Lebanon 
April 2013 witnessed the declaration of the lands of el-Fekha, el-Jdeydeh, el-Zaytoon and el-Maallaqa districts by the municipality of el-Fekha as a Hima conservation area in Lebanon, Middle East. A municipal decision was reached by adopting a community based Hima approach for sustainable grazing, organized hunting and eco-tourism... Get more news about Hima el- Fekha
Environmental DNA Breakthrough for Endangered Cave Amphibian  
Project researchers at the Society for Cave Biology have successfully isolated traces of environmental DNA of Proteus anguinus from its habitat. With further modification this method will be used to help map the distribution of the endemic species, aiding future conservation efforts. These findings were presented at the "Dinaric Karst Poljes as Wetlands of National and International Importance" workshop.
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Ecotourism Solution to the Sustainability of Ulcinj Salina
Ulcinj Salina is an Important Bird Area (IBA) on the Adriatic flyway in Montenegro, but currently its economic benefits are based solely on salt production. The Center for Protection and Research of Birds (CZIP) are working to turn it into an important ecotourism destination for the region. So far CZIP has made huge progress; renovating part of the museum, replacing fences, building an access bridge and starting work on the gift shop.  >> Know more 

Project Launch for Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas
The Institute for Nature Conservation in Albania (INCA) project aims to develop a sustainable tourism management plan for the Karaburun-Sazan Marine National Park and surrounding area; increasing awareness and identifying potential nature-based tourism initiatives. A kick-off meeting discussed the project objectives and expected results, components and activities planned, and future collaboration >> Know more

RIT in Morocco!
The Mediterranean RIT held a meeting in Morocco in September. The meeting was aimed at evaluating the first year of the RIT operations, discussing progress of recently funded projects, meeting and training Moroccan grantees, meeting a representative from the Ministry of Country Planning, Water Resources and Environment and visiting an active grantee within the Ifrane KBA and Boufekrane River . >>Know more about  Ifrane Visit and Boufekrane Visit.
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