Conservation of Biodiversity in Central Zagros Landscapes

What is the Project About?


The projects' goal is ultimately to ensure the protection and sustainability of use and exploitation of all biodiversity in the Central Zagros Region

The project aims to establish a novel type of collaborative conservation system in which all stakeholder groups are fully engaged in planning, implementing and monitoring of resource management planning to ensure the protection and sustainability of use and exploitation of all biodiversity, renewable natural resources and ecological processes.

The main strategy to follow is referred to as “biodiversity conservation mainstreaming”, which means enabling the agencies that govern the main economic or resource use sectors – agriculture, forest, rangelands, water, tourism, energy, infrastructure – to incorporate conservation and ecological sustainability measures into their own policies, programs and sectoral practices; it means not treating biodiversity conservation as though it is somehow a separate “sector” under the sole responsibility of the Department of Environment.

What have We Accomplished So Far?


A part of the overall goals of the project relates to the involvement of local communities in directly protecting biodiversity in the Central Zagros region

The project has accomplished a number of baseline-studies, capacity-building, planning and organizational arrangements but the main highlights are as follow: 

  • Pilot areas identified in a consultative manner
  • Threats to biodiversity identified and analyzed to determine underlying causes of biodiversity decline and to understand barriers for inter-sectoral planning of resources management
  • Priority areas for action determined based on threat analysis in each pilot area
  • Mainstreaming mechanisms established at the provincial and local levels
  • Local Planning Committees have met in a regular basis to determine baseline activities in line with the objectives of the project

Who Finances It



Global Enviroment Facility (GEF) US$3,800,000
UNDP
US$50,000
Government of I.R. Iran (Parallel Funding)
US$5,190,000

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

US$199,617

Project Highlights

  • The project aims to establish a novel type of collaborative conservation system in which all stakeholder groups are fully engaged in planning, implementing and monitoring of resource management planning
  • Threats to biodiversity identified and analyzed at the pilot level to determine underlying causes of biodiversity decline and to understand barriers for inter-sectoral planning of resources management
  • Priority areas for action determined based on threat analysis in each pilot area
  • Mainstreaming mechanisms established at the provincial and local levels that are meeting regularly

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
2005
Estimated End Date:
2015
Geographic Coverage:
2.5 Million hectares on Central Zagros Mountains of Charmahal & Baktiari, Fars, Isfahan and Kohgilouyeh & Boyerahmad Provinces western Iran
Focus Area:
Energy and Environment
MDG:
7
Project Officer:
Ali Nazaridoust
Partners:
Department of Environment