The press conference was attended by Radio Lebanon Director, Mohammed Gharib, Information Ministry’s Studies’ Department Head, Khodr Majed, Program Director at Radio Lebanon Rita Noujaim El Roumi, Bird Conservation Association members, and a number of Ministry’s heads of departments and figures.
In his delivered word, Caretaker Minister Makary said: “Today, we are pleased, as the Ministry of Information, to support an awareness campaign related to the environment. It is our duty to stand alongside the Ministry of Environment and the Association for Bird Conservation in Lebanon (ABCL) and its president, Fouad Itani, to spread the campaign to protect migratory birds.”
Minister Makary added: “We are also pleased that Radio Lebanon, this ancient radio station that spreads awareness through its programs, will be the pioneer to launch a documentary program dedicated to talking about migratory birds that are subject to poaching. This program will be broadcast daily at 8:30 a.m. starting from today”.
In turn, Caretaker Minister of Environment Nasser Yassin said that “Lebanon, in its geographical location, is considered one of the most important lines for millions of migratory birds to cross its skies between Asia, Europe and Africa,” stressing “the importance of protecting biological diversity, preventing poaching, and raising awareness of the role of birds in diversity and biological balance and how poaching leads to breaking this balance.”
Minister Yassin also hailed the campaign to protect migratory birds under the title “So They Fly in Peace.”
Head of the Association for Bird Conservation in Lebanon, Fouad Itani, thanked the Ministries of Information and Environment for sponsoring the “Taghreed” project to protect migratory or settled birds, highlighting their importance in improving the environment and adding touches of beauty in the homeland.