The Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project has been initiated in collaboration with the Department of Environment (DOE), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).
The mission of the Co-Management Start-up Team is included in the project document of the Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project. During the project, the Team has carried out its activities based on the agreed TOR and in accordance with the adopted action plan.
Functions of the Start-up Team can be categorized into two equally important courses of action. First, structured studies along with the required practical innovations particularly with respect to the participatory methods of the work; second, practical work regarding the analysis of the main stakeholders who are supposed to wholeheartedly participate in developing a national conservation strategy to be consequently accepted and supported by them all.
During its two-month-long efforts, the Start-up Team has been pursuing two interdependent and parallel processes, namely “socio-ecological” and “bio-ecological” process. To meet this target, special attention has been paid to the population dynamics, cheetah-prey-habitat, as well as the ecological relations. In addition, stakeholders will themselves analyze the situation of local communities, livestock breeders, hunters, farmers, NGOs and of course governmental bodies responsible for the conservation of the natural environment.
During the project the practical approach of the project has led to:
- Organization of the expert professional work team in support of natural resources, co-management and socio-economic studies
- Frequent visits to the study areas and the habitats of the Asiatic Cheetah as well as human societies located within or on the periphery of such areas
- General identification of different stakeholders
- Mapping the socio-economic situation of the cheetah habitats
- Identification of the traditional management systems used by the local communities which can also promote voluntary participation of these communities
- Listing on a macro-scale the existing problems and threats to the livelihood and socio-economic status of the local communities
- Developing a basic mutual trust between the Start-up Team and the local communities located in the area. These communities have made noticeable accomplishments during the first two months of the implementation of the project
- Preparing reports for the four field visits to the study area, translation of the book “Co-Management of Natural Resources”, translation and compilation of the book “A New Approach To Rangeland Ecology”, preparing the Cheetah Bibliography, reports on the socio-economic characteristics of the protected areas subject to the study, and the relative identification of environmental capacities of these regions all constitute other outcomes along with those attained by the Start-up Team’s efforts during the project
- A Co-Management Strategy for the “Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project” in Iran – 30 Aug 2004, Tehran
- Inception Activities DOE/GEF/UNDP “Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project”, Terms of Reference – Proposed by CEESP-IUCN
- Progress Report-Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project- Prepared by Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP) – June 2003, Tehran
- “Report of the International Workshop on the “Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah” – Lessens from National and International Experience 20- 22 Jan 2004
- Field trip report – Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project – 2-3 January 2004, Semnan Province
- Report from the Field – The Asiatic Cheetah Conservation Project – Dec 2003, Semnan Province