Conservation Of Iranian Wetlands Project - Phase II (Scale-up)

What is the Project About


The second phase of the CIWP project aims to roll out the results and achievements the first phase throughout the country

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., 2014. 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 11 (8 new wetlands + 3 demonstration sites) important Iranian wetlands, Put in place strong wetlands ecosystem management legislative platform and intersectoral 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.

What Have We Accomplished So Far


The project aims to roll out the results and achievements of Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) throughout the country.

Some of the information presented here portray the accomplishments made during the first phase of the CIWP.

At the Demonstration Sites:

  • Integrated management plans developed for the project’s three demonstration sites (lake Urumiyeh, Lake Parishan and Shadegan Wetland) and two of LU satellite wetlands(Gorigol, Gharegheshlag)
  • Governance and institutional arrangements for management plan implementation, such as Local and provincial level inter-sectoral management committees, technical working groups and secretariats for each demonstration site are in place.
  • Capacities of key stakeholders enhanced through Hands-on training on the ecosystem approach and integrated wetland management planning, and lots of other wetland management related training courses.
  • Water allocations to demonstration sites agreed through Formal MOU on the LU water right (3.1BCM) and agreement on water-share among three provinces. Water allocations are monitored through management committees
  • Through cooperation with Ministry of Jihad Agriculture Field Farmer Schools and sustainable agriculture demonstration programmes were established at Lake Parishan and Lake Uromiyeh.

At the National Level:

  • National Wetland Conservation Strategy and Action Plan (NWCSAP) developed through inter-sectoral, participatory process, awaiting approval by Cabinet. New management structure for wetlands proposed including National Wetland Committee
  • More than 60 workshops and seminars were held by CIWP at national, provincial and local levels, with more than 7500 people participating
  • CIWP has published more than 30 booklets, manuals, brochures and posters on issues related to ecosystem approach and management of wetlands

Who Finances It



UNDP: US$298,000

Government of I.R. Iran (Parallel Funding): US$500,000

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

CIWP Phase II (Scale-up): N/A

CIWP Phase I (Closed): US$285,912

 

Project Highlights

  • The project aims to roll out the results and achievements of Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) throughout the country.
  • 11 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

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
May 2013
Estimated End Date:
December 2014
Geographic Coverage:
Across Iran
Focus Area:
Application of Ecosystem Approach in Wetland Management
MDG:
7
Project Manager:
Mohsen Soleymani Roozbahani
Partners:
Government of the I.R. of Iran (Department of Environment) and Ramsar Convention Regional Center for West and Central Asia