Conservation of Biodiversity in the Central Zagros Landscape Conservation Zone Project
Wednesday, 17 September 2008Over an area of 2,500,000 hectares, Conservation of Biodiversity in the Central Zagros Project will work with the agriculture, forestry, rangelands, water and tourism sectors in order to mainstream biodiversity conservation and sustainable use into the sectors. It covers almost all of Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari province, large parts of Kohkiluyeh & Boyerahmad province, and most of Eghlid and Marvdasht districts in Fars province and Semirom district in Isfahan Province. The project will strengthen the ability of the protected area system and will also demonstrate biodiversity mainstreaming at the local level in eight pilot villages across the Zone, and establish mechanisms to facilitate the dissemination and replication of the successful village approaches. Finally, the project will develop the necessary capacity, at individual, institutional and systemic level, in national agencies to support ongoing efforts to improve livelihoods and stimulate economic development across the Zone. Also in this project, the overall mountain ecosystem will remain intact and the range of habitat for large species will be extended to at least the entire Conservation Zone. Hence the health and population of these individual species will stabilise or grow. Through this Project, the habitat for small mammals, invertebrates and flora will be sustainably utilized.