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Dena in 2002 and Empowerment of the Local Community (Iran)


Titre : Dena in 2002 and Empowerment of the Local Community (Iran)

Pays : Iran

N° projet  : IRA-G52-2002, 2004 & 2007-012(IRA98G52)

Durée : Start Date : 3/2002 End Date : 8/2009

The Zagros Mountain Range extends from Azerbaijan and Kurdestan Provinces to Hormuzgan Province. It is about 900 km long and more than 240 km wide. It consists of numerous parallel ridges, the highest being the east-west crest of 47 peaks of Dena with the altitude of more than 4000km. The aerial length of this crest is more than 80km long. The Peaks of Dena are the most sensitive and fragile natural ecosystem, located on the borders of Fars, Kohkiloyeh-Boyerahmad, Isfahan, Chaharmahal-e-Bakhtiari Provinces in the south-west of Iran.
The Zagros Mountain Range is an impressive geological feature that plays a vital role in the ecology of west and southwest of Iran. It is the water reservoir for the rivers flowing through enclosed plains of ravines feeding the biodiversity of flora and fauna. Therefore, it is important to maintain the mountain ecosystem in equilibrium. It is significant that the monitoring of the natural ecology of Zagros, should be begin from the peaks that trap the rainfall and snow for permanent glaciers as vital water reservoirs for the sustenance of the biodiversity in the slopes.

Résumé du projet
The project aimed to initiate empowerment of the local communities of Dena to and to monitor this mountain ecosystem through local, regional, national and global nature lovers, program managers and NGOs. To address the lack of knowledge of the natural resources and significant biodiversity of this ecosystem the project proponents undertook the following activities : Assessment, review and classification of the gathered information on these 47 peaks through the course of its past five years’ study with the assistance of 8 to 12 persons from each of the 4 zones in the 80km stretch of Dena ; Design the first digitized comprehensive and complete map of Dena scaled 1:100,000.. The NGO published in the size of 100*70cm and distributed in 5000 copies ; Launch a website ( to present Dena worldwide ; Conduct educational workshops for the locals ; Training local tour guides within the target group who will undertake the responsibilities of educational eco-tours. 38 tour guides were trained from 17 villages of the region ; Conduct revisal workshops for disseminators of 17 villages in the Dena slopes to increase their capability in efficient communication with the local community and preparation of relevant educational brochures.
The best practices were documented as a film, brochures, booklets, photographs which will be posted on the project website for public access. Drawings were selected for a unique booklet on biodiversity of Dena region from a competition held in schools of 17 villages in Dena slopes. Several high quality photo exhibitions were held in Tehran and Shiraz (pictures taken from climbing events by the project team) and these events received local and national media coverage.
At the end the NGO conducted two workshops, in Yassuj and in Tehran, to disseminate its experiences and lessons learned for the stakeholders and other NGOs.

Grant Amount : US$ 41,500.00
Co-Financing Cash : US$ 27,615.00
Co-Financing in-Kind : US$ 46,141.00

Bénéficiaire  : Fars Green Center

GEF Small Grants Programme

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