Conservation of Biodiversity in Central Zagros Landscapes

Conservation and Sustainable Development Program of Central Zagros Mountains (C+SD P of CZM)

The Central Zagros Mountains contain globally significant biodiversity. Topographical relief and climatic conditions have led to diverse ecosystems and habitats in the area. This has created a home for a vast range of species, which includes over 2,000 species of higher plants and several endangered and endemic mammal species.

However, in recent decades, the biodiversity has been declining and is now highly threatened. This is largely due to demographic changes, changing economic and social systems, and the loss of traditional management and land-use practices.

This project aims to conserve biodiversity in the Central Zagros Landscape Conservation Zone which cuts across four provinces. The project works with the agriculture, forestry, rangelands, water and tourism sectors to mainstream biodiversity conservation. In so doing, these sectors incorporate conservation and ecological sustainability measures into their own policies, programs and sectoral practices.

The project aims to ensure protection from exploitation and encourage sustainable use of all biodiversity, renewable natural resources and ecological processes.

Project timeline: 2005-2017

This project is financed by:

  • Global Enviroment Facility (GEF)
  • UNDP
  • Government of I.R. Iran

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