Conservation Of Iranian Wetlands Project - Phase II (Scale-up)
Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project - Phase II (Scale-up):
This scale-up phase aims to roll out the results and achievements of Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP), a joint initiative among the GOIR of Iran (led by the Department of Environment as IP), GEF and UNDP, which started in 2005 and ended on 30 April 2013.
Duration of this scale-up phase is from 1 May 2013, to 31 Dec 2015. The Goal of this project is to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of Iran’s system of wetland protected areas as a tool for conserving globally significant biodiversity and it will take CIWP successful pilot to a large scale by establishing ecosystem based wetland management plans and inter-sectoral coordination structures for 10 (7 new wetlands + 3 demonstration sites) important Iranian wetlands, Put in place strong wetlands ecosystem management legislative platform and inter-sectoral administrative structures at national level, supporting implementation of the “Ecosystem Approach” in important Iranian wetlands and share CIWP and other wetlands management initiatives, knowledge and lessons learnt with the neighboring countries.
"Contribution in Lake Urmia restoration via modeling local community engagement in sustainable agriculture practices and biodiversity conservation of critical species" Project:
Based on mutual high-level arrangements between governments of Iran and Japan to cooperate in the field of environment and due to the critical situation of Lake Urmia, a special initiative has been made possible by a grant provided by Government of Japan to UNDP in order to contribute to this critical initiative as a result of the consultations between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Japan under the title of "Contribution in Lake Urmia restoration via modeling local community engagement in sustainable agriculture practices and biodiversity conservation of critical species".
This project will specifically address the restoration of Lake Urmia mainly through promotion of sustainable agriculture and effective reduction of water consumption at the field level by engaging local community and farmers using Integrated Participatory Crop Management techniques (IPCM). It is expected that this approach would lead to increase of inflow to the lake as well protect the biodiversity focusing on the island habitat of two main IUCN red list species. At the same time there would also be direct biodiversity protection by implementing water harvesting project in one of key wildlife island habitats.
What Have We Accomplished So Far
Some of the information presented here portrays the accomplishments made during the scale-up phase of the CIWP and sustainable agriculture project.
At 3 Previous Demonstration Sites:
- Revision process of LP integrated management plan started
- Partial implementation of management plans in demonstration sites
At 7 New Prioritized Wetlands:
- Horizontal up-scaling Initiated to establish ecosystem approach for management of 7 new wetlands
- Improved technical capacity at national level through training and engaging wetland secretariats at provincial level and NGOs
At Sustainable Agriculture Project:
Local farmer of 41 villages were provided with IPCM techniques and local communities of the villages were also introduced the significance of their role in Lake Urmia restoration and establishment of sustainable agriculture through capacity building activities by local NGOs.
Who Finances It
UNDP, Government of I.R. Iran (Parallel Funding), Government of Japan
Government Of I.R. Iran (Parallel Funding)
Government of Japan
Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year
- CIWP Phase II (Scale-up): US$ 2,109,600
- CIWP Phase I (Closed): US$285,912
- CIWP (Restoration of Lake Urmia): US$ 836,034
- The project aims to roll out the results and achievements of Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) throughout the country.
- 10 important Iranian wetlands will have ecosystem based wetland management plans and inter-sectoral coordination structures.
- knowledge and lessons learnt within CIWP will be shared with the neighboring countries and other
- Agricultural land of 40 villages (an average 1000 ha each village) in Lake Urmia basin introduced to sustainable agriculture practices resulting at least 35% water saving
- Local community awareness and capacities for their role in LU restoration and sustainable agriculture raised in pilot site
- Water harvesting options reviewed and at least one piloted in the three key islands of lake Urmia ensuring sustainable water supply for conserving biodiversity
- Project Start Date:
- May 2013
- Estimated End Date:
- December 2015
- Geographic Coverage:
- Across Iran
- Focus Area:
- Application of Ecosystem Approach in Wetland Management
- Project Manager:
- Mohsen Soleymani Roozbahani
- Government of the I.R. of Iran (Department of Environment), Government of Japan and United Nation Development of Program