Persian Leopard Distribution and Status Assessment in Iran Download PDF
Participatory Persian leopard monitoring and conservation program in Dashtestan County, Boushehr Province (ONGOING)
Together with local communities in Dashtestan County, Boushehr Province, recently (in autumn 2015) we have started the Persian leopard participatory monitoring and conservation program in one of the southernmost parts of the Persian leopard distribution range in Southwest Asia.
A very main and first step in this program was to hold an opening workshop with participants from various villages in the project site. Subsequently, a workshop was planned and held in Eram District with the main focus on: introduction to the program aims and scopes, participatory mapping of the resources in the area, learning about environmental changes across the site during the past years, identification of main problems (of local people) relating to carnivores (e.g. livestock-carnivores conflicts) and solving the problem trees. Also, as a request of local people, two rangers have been employed to stay continuously in the region to monitor the area.
Worth mentioning that the current project has been developed as a request of local communities to save the Persian leopard in this area and thus, the project activities are in progress in a very significant participatory level.
Participatory Persian Leopard National Action Planning in Iran (Completed)
Together with Department of Environment, we are in the progress of preparation of the Persian Leopard National Action Plan in Iran. We have developed an innovative model suitable for local conditions and status of the leopard in the country and the work is completely a participatory process. More news about the PLNAP will appear here..
ESTABLISHING AND EMPOWERMENT OF THE PERSIAN LEOPARD NATIONAL NETWORK IN IRAN FOR PARTICIPATORY CONSERVATION OF THE LEOPARD (ONGOING)
Persian leopard is occurred in various provinces of Iran and its practical conservation in its natural habitats in the country is significantly related to participation of local communities in conservation efforts. Therefore, since November 2012 we embarked on establishment of a national network for participatory conservation of the Persian leopards in Iran with support from a GEF SGP project together with provincial DoE offices of Nortkh Khorasan, Boushehr, West Azarbaijan and Golestan. In the “Persian Leopard National Network” members were invited and have been registered from various provinces and regions across the country. Therefore, a great capacity has been established by bringing various related people together for the purpose of participatory research and conservation of the Persian leopards across the country. The project (SGP Project No. IRA/SGP/OP5/Y2/STAR/BD/12/02(168)) resulted in the following outputs for the first time in the country:
Establishment of the Persian Leopard Online Portal www.Persian-leopard.com (The purpose is to record leopard information across the country by the members. The portal has been endorsed by Department of Environment of Iran.)
Countrywide assessment of the Persian leopard conservation needs and priorities with regard to two issues of “habitat” and “local communities – community based programs”
Modeling of the countrywide distribution of the Persian leopard potential habitats in Iran and identification of critical areas.
In the next step, the current project, we are going to establish various active working groups within the Persian Leopard National Network. The subject of each working group is identified on the basis of the Persian leopard conservation needs and priorities that we assessed during the last project.
Educational workshops and practical trainings will be held to empower members of each working group for the specific targets defined for each cluster in the critical sites identified in the first project. Participatory planning for the upcoming activities of the network will be done during this project. Members will participate in conservation programs related to the Persian leopards across the country based on the plans being established in this project. However, due to the severity of the issue and the loss of number of Persian Leopards in the recent months, conservation work in the critical sites will initiate in the process of the trainings.
PHASE 1: 2012-2014
FORMATION OF AN ACTIVE NETWORK BETWEEN TECHNICAL EXPERTS AND LOCAL ACTIVIST IN SELECTED LEOPARD HABITATS FOR ESTABLISHING PRIORITIES FOR PARTICIPATORY CONSERVATION OF PERSIAN LEOPARD (Completed)
PHASE 2: 2014 - 2015
EMPOWERMENT OF THE PERSIAN LEOPARD NATIONAL NETWORK FOR PARTICIPATORY CONSERVATION OF PERSIAN LEOPARD
Assessing suitable Persian leopard habitats in the Iranian sector of Caucasus ecoregion (Finalized the first phase)
Distribution of the Persian leopard in Northeastern Iran in relation to human pressure and preys (Completed)
Status Assessment of the Persian leopard in Iran (2002-2006; 2007-2011)
Participatory assessment of the Persian leopard conservation priorities: habitat suitability and local communities' awareness raising programs (Completed)
MALAYSIAN LEOPARD PROJECT
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