Carbon Sequestration Project (CSP) - Phase II

What is the Project About?

The CSP a joint project of the Iranian Government and UNDP which aims at area-based development as well as community-based natural resources development that sustain eco-system services (including carbon reduction) and improve socio-economic status at the local level (including employment and income generation) to achieve three main objectives:

  1. At global level to provide a model to demonstrate that carbon sequestration in arid lands can be done in an economical way
  2. At national level to restore degraded natural resources
  3. At local level to improve socio-economic status of local communities

This project was initiated in South Khorasan province (Birjand) and is now being replicated in 18 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 information presented here portrays the accomplishments made during the 2nd phase of the CSP.
 
  • Demonstrated that desertified rangelands can be cost‐effectively reclaimed by and for the benefit of the local people as so far, the amount of carbon stocked in plant tissue and soil exceeded 1500 kg/ha.
  • Improved the productivity of arid lands and combating desertification so that more than 15000 ha of lands were afforested with broad involvement of local communities.
  • Organized 269 training courses including vocational programs for local people.
  • Enhanced water access in villages as extensive water and watershed management measures including 44000 cubic meters of check dams and 22 ponds were undertaken.
  • Extension of new energies as well as voluntarily protection activities drastically decreased reliance on firewood collection.
  • Strengthened capacities of villagers through social mobilization and formation of village development groups and Al-Qadir rural development cooperative. To date 63 VDGs have been formed.
  • Set up micro-credit funds. So far, the total saving of VDGs is 1020 million IRR. In addition, more than 2000 loans have been paid to VDGs.
  • Set up sustainable business plans and marketing service in terms of handicrafts and rural products.
  • Empowered local people through holding more than 270 training courses to facilitate establishment of 450 employment and income opportunities.
  • Declined wind erosion in Hosseinabad hot spot and as a result wind erosion intensity decreased by 2 classes.
  • Increased vegetation cover from 12% to 34%.
  • Raised the HDI on an average of 2.5% per year.
  • Brought together a number of 32 government and non-government agencies towards participatory and integrated planning and implementation.
  • Developed a Model for community-based natural resources management.
  • The project is being replicated in 18 provinces.
  • Implemented 100 physical infrastructures.
  • Organized 265 national and international visits to CSP as well as several regional workshops on the project's achievements and methodology.

Who Finances It?



UNDP TRAC

US$1,445,870

Government of I.R.Iran (Cost-Sharing)

US$3,180,608

Delivery in Previous Fiscal Year

US$559,296

Project Highlights
  • Demonstrated that desertified rangelands can be cost‐effectively reclaimed by and for the benefit of the local people as so far, the amount of carbon stocked in plant tissue and soil exceeded 1500 kg/ha.
  • Shown the strengths of the “social mobilization and micro-credit” technique for area based development, including for natural resources management.
  • Empowered local people through holding more 270 training courses to facilitate establishment of 450 employment and income opportunities.
  • Raised the HDI on an average of 2.5% per year.
  • Developed a model for community-based natural resources management.
  • The project is being replicated in 18 provinces.

 

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:
Mehdi Kamyab
UNDP Programme Associate:
Shafagh Bakhshalian
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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