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 follows: 

  • Design Central Zagros Mountains (CZM) Management System including Legal and Policy Framework, and sharing draft proposal for feedbacks, finalization and process designation;
  • Draft CZM management program Scale-up strategy including definition of Catchment Management Areas and budget estimation; Also, submit through IR-6th development plan and finding initial approval for the required budget;
  • Draft integrated and collaborative Management Areas planning and management toolkit and introduce CZM management tools (including CZM ecological land use and guidelines), and build capacity of stakeholders in four provinces to use and develop the tools, through 14 workshops;
  • Draft proposal for the CZM Conservation and Sustainable Development Strategy through nine consulting workshop and share with key stakeholders for feedbacks, finalization and process designation;
  • Final drafts of CZM wise and sustainability resource use guidelines including Water Resource, Agriculture, Forest, Waste Water, Rangeland, Ecotourism, Solid Waste, Aquaculture, EIA, shared with key stakeholders through five consulting workshops;
  • Develop ZM Research Centers concept notes and establish buildings, web and initial data bank for RCs in four provinces and make them functional with participation of NGOs in the management of centers;
  • Conduct CZM social survey with collaboration of four NGOs in CZM provinces including data collection from 120 villages, analyses the data and draft the information materials for sustainable resource enterprises and livelihoods within CZM;
  • Final draft of Zagros Project Pilot Program Evaluation report with participation of key stakeholders in CZM provinces, and use the lessons within design of CZM management system;
  • Development and implementation of 2014 AWPs for each pilot area by LPCs and process complementary budget allocation by PPDCs in the 4 provinces;
  • Draft Sectoral Resource Use MPs for each PMAs through eight consulting workshops and up scale the model in the long catchment Management Areas;
  • Support implementation one priority conservation and Livelihood development actions in each pilot MA for up scaling the implemented initiatives.

Who Finances It



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

US $5,775,000

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

US $427,868.91

Project Highlights

 

  • Design CZM Management System including Legal and Policy Framework, and sharing draft proposal for feedbacks, finalization and process designation;
  • Draft CZM management program Scale-up strategy including definition of Catchment Management Areas and budget estimation; Also, submit through IR-6th development plan and finding initial approval for the required budget;
  • Draft integrated and collaborative Management Areas planning and management toolkit and introduce CZM management tools (including CZM ecological land use and guidelines), and build capacity of stakeholders in four provinces to use and develop the tools, through 14 workshops;
  • Final draft of Zagros Project Pilot Program Evaluation report with participation of key stakeholders in CZM provinces, and use the lessons within design of CZM management system.

 

Project Overview
Project Start Date:
2005
Estimated End Date:
2016
Geographic Coverage:
3.68 Million hectares of Central Zagros Mountains of Charmahal and Baktiari, Fars, Isfahan and Kohgilouyeh and Boyerahmad Provinces western Iran
Focus Area:
Energy and Environment
MDG:
7
Project Officer:
Ali Nazaridoust
Partners:
Department of Environment