Linking participatory conservation of environment to cultural-based livelihoodsFeb 13, 2016
For conserving the highly endangered species such as the Hawksbill Turtles and the Black Oyster Pearl, the GEF SGP/UNDP in partnership with the Environment Bureau of Qeshm Free Area and in collaboration with the local communities and local organizations has been carrying out the “Art for Conservation” project.
In this field, GEF SGP/UNDP – for the first time in the country – has been attempting to link participatory conservation of environment to cultural-based livelihoods, and at the same time provide an opportunity for defining cultural-based functional products, local village stores initiated and run by women linking the identity of local people to their environment.
One important aspect of this project is the involvement and participation of women. Local women whose talents in the field of delicate handwork and traditional needle talent are noteworthy were trained in cultivation of pearls as well as presenting the pearl and other natural motifs in their traditional handicrafts.