Revitalising Nomadic Pastoralism in Iran: Sustaining Local Food Systems, Agricultural Biodiversity and Livelihoods

Revitalising nomadic pastoralism in Iran – Action research programme “Sustaining local food systems, agricultural biodiversity and livelihoods” for the Zagros mountain range in Iran.

Cenesta has been working successfully with the mobile Pastoralists of Iran to assure community empowerment for conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and sustainable livelihoods.

Sponsor: Netherlands directorate- General of Development Cooperation (DGIS)/ Intentional Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

December 2007آذر 1386
December 2010آذر 1389

Location: Territories of Qashqai and Shahsevan Tribal Confederacies


Overall objective: The overall goal of this project is to influence public policy on nomadic pastoralism and to empower pastoralist communities in Iran in their role as stewards of arid and semi-arid environments and supporting their sustainable livelihoods through rehabilitation of customary institutions and resource management practices.

Specific objectives:

  • Analyse livelihood strategies and natural resource management systems of pastoral communities covered;
  • Promote empowerment and participation of these communities in policy making;
  • Set up pastoralist community investment funds (sanduqs); and
  • Advocate policy change.

The project will be executed by CENESTA in partnership with the Councils of Elders of pastoral communities covered, with support from the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) & Organisation for Nomadic Peoples of Iran (ONPI) in cooperation with other relevant actors, including the Forest, Range and Watershed Management Organisation.

The main thrust of the project is to expand the outcomes of the efforts financed by IIED and UNDP/DDC in earlier grants to a number of other tribes and tribal confederations, and to set up a national federation or union of the Councils of Elders and their sanduqs. It also aims at promoting the role of women in the indigenous pastoralist communities towards emancipation and participation in decision making systems and gaining more from their tireless efforts of production and service to the community.

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