Carbon Sequestration Project (CSP) - Phase II

What is the Project About?


The pilot site for Tehran's component of the Carbon Sequestration project, which is implemented through UNDP's partnership with the Government of Iran © Pasha Tabrizian

The CSP project aims at area based development outcomes that sustain eco-system services (including carbon reduction) and socio-economic development (including employment and income generation) through three main outcomes:

  1. Improved rangeland management, through community based approaches.
  2. Ensuring community and demand driven mechanisms and management through social mobilisation techniques and establishment of village development groups (VDG’s).
  3. Establishment of micro-credit funding systems and networks to support the above.

This project was initiated in the province of South Khorassan (Birjand) and is now being replicated in six other provinces.

What Have We Accomplished So Far?


The site of Tehran’s component of the Carbon Sequestration project is the district of Malard, located to the west of the capital © Pasha tabrizian

Some of the the information presented here portrays the accomplishments made during the first phase of the CSP.

  • Identified methods to absorb atmospheric carbon.
  • Took steps towards global public goods improvement.
  • Demonstrated that desertified rangelands can be cost‐effectively reclaimed by and for the benefit of the local people.
  • Improved the productivity of semi‐arid areas and combating desertification.
  • Tested and shown the strengths of the social mobilization and micro-credit technique for area based development, including for natural resources management.
  • Mobilised local communities and governance systems towards participatory and integrated approaches to planning.
  • Raised the local HDI.

Who Finances It?



UNDP TRAC US$1,015,870
Global Environment Facility (GEF) US$726,200
Government of I.R.Iran (Cost-Sharing)
US$1,853,635

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

US$465,533

Project Highlights

  • Steps taken towards global public goods improvement.
  • Demonstrated that desertified rangelands can be cost‐effectively reclaimed by and for the benefit of the local people – while improving the productivity of semi‐arid areas.
  • Shown the strengths of the “social mobilization and micro-credit” technique for area based development, including for natural resources management.
  • Carried out a study tour to see South African institutional approaches and mechanisms. 

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
March 2010
Estimated End Date:
December 2014
Coverage:
Partner institutions and seven Iranian provinces (as replication sites – South Khorassan; Tehran; Kerman; Semnan; Alborz; Markazi; Bushehr)
Focus Area:
Combined Poverty-Environment
MDG:
Goals 1, 7 and 8
UNDP Programme Officer:
Mohammad Ali Farzin
UNDP Programme Associate:
Farzaneh Derakhshi
Partners:
Ministry of Jihad Agriculture (Forest, Range and Watershed Org); Ministry of Interior’s Provincial Governorates
National Project Director:
Mr. Abbas Kargar
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