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Detail of GEF Project #1322

GEF Project ID1322
UNDP PMIS ID2278
Funding SourceGEF Trust Fund
Project NameConservation of Biodiversity in the Central Zagros Landscape Conservation Zone
CountryIran
RegionAsia and the Pacific
Focal AreaBiodiversity
Operational Program4
Pipeline Entry Date2001-08-01
PDF-B Approval Date2002-07-17
Approval Date2004-09-27
CEO Endorsement Date2005-05-11
GEF Agency Approval Date2005-06-28
Project StatusUnder Implementation
GEF AgencyUNDP
Executing AgencyDepartment of Environment
DescriptionThe GEF Project Objective is the conservation of the biodiversity and the landscape within the Central Zagros Landscape Conservation Zone. In order to achieve this Objective, the project will stimulate changes in village-level practices, at the provincial level, and in national agencies. Hence, Project Outcomes and Activities focus into these three levels. The project is based on the following principles: (I) ·Developing new visions for development, in a participatory and consensual manner; (ii) ·Building partnerships across sectors, between national and local actors, across provinces, and between government and non-government agencies (including the media and the private sector); (iii) ·Raising awareness at all levels, by advocating to decision-makers and through path-breaking social communication with communities; (iv) Founding biodiversity conservation on sound economics, starting with the determination and monetisation of the values of the biodiversity to the many stakeholders; (v) Nurturing business-oriented approaches to biodiversity conservation and livelihood development; (vi) Mobilisation of existing capacity. This ranges from traditional knowledge, to financial capacity, to expert capacity, all of which are currently under-exploited. Indicators of the overall success of the project include: the percentage of the Zone under a management regime that specifically addresses biodiversity; the population of free-range livestock in the Zone; levels of soil erosion; and; the population of key wild species.
Implementation StatusThe project has been under implementation since June 2005, but has suffered a delay caused by consecutive changes of project managers. During July-September 2007, the project has gained its momentum with following activities achieved. The regional Zagros Project Office (ZPO) was established in Shahrekord. The Project International Advisor was recruited. Initial surveys of the 8 pilot villages were conducted. Briefing workshops were held in the four project provinces with the participation of key stakeholders. The first meeting of Natural Resources working groups was held in Chaharmahal& Bakhtiari to agree on the best way of selecting Thematic Coordinators. Project approaches and planned activities were discussed with villagers in meeting with the 8 pilot villages. Prepared grounds for the establishment of the village participation Houses (4 fixed and 4 mobiles) in the 8 pilot villages as well as two Mountain Biodiversity Resource Centers (MBRC) in Esfahan and Fars provinces. A package of advocacy publications was published and widely disseminated to relevant audiences.
PDF B Amount
196,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
3,800,000 USD
GEF Grant
3,996,000 USD
Cofinancing Total
6,042,000 USD
Project Cost
10,038,000 USD
GEF Agency Fees
382,000 USD
GEF Project (CEO Endo.)
3,800,000 USD
Cofinancing Total (CEO Endo.)
5,775,000 USD
Project Cost (CEO Endo.)
9,771,000 USD
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