Photo Story: UNDP’s mission to Deh Chenashk village

May 8, 2018

UNDP Resident Representative a.i., Ms. Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen visited one of UNDP project sites in Golestan province on 2-3 May. The Conservation of Biodiversity in the Caspian Hyrcanian Forest Landscape Project aims to conserve biodiversity in key landscapes within the eco-region.


First stop of the visit was a women empowerment center in Ghale Ghafe village. Throughout our project we have done community mobilization efforts to empower local communities to take part in community forestry, livelihood development, waste management, etc. With the support of this project and trainings, the women of Ghale Ghafe are now able to help their families financially.


Next stop, a local mosque in Deh Chenashk village in which the local community gathered to discuss the project and how their livelihoods has enhanced by taking part in this project.


Mr. Toosi, the local community representative addressed the audience by saying: “I would like to take this opportunity and thank the project and local authorities. Throughout this project we learned how to care more about the environment.” Mr. Toosi continued by saying: “This project helped us to modify our cultivating practices and that resulted in less water consumption.”



Then a visit at the local exhibition of handicrafts took place. These handicrafts are produced by the women of the village who are taking part in this project. The women use their artistic talents and make these goods from scratch and sell them and through this practice they support their families financially.


To wrap-up the mission, a visit to a Borage field in Deh Chenashk village took place. The local community are changing their cultivating patterns by choosing different types of plants which consumes less water and financially benefits them more – a win-win for the environment and the local community.


At the end of every mission, a group photo is a must!

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