|Country||Iran, Islamic Republic of|
|Categories||Carnivores, Hunting, Mammals|
|Date||11 Apr 2018|
Expanding from Iran into the Lesser Caucasus, the Caspian forests in northern Iran are home to high diversity of fauna, particularly some of the rarest large mammals such as Persian leopard, Syrian brown bear, roe deer, and Caspian red deer. The Caspian forests are the stepping stone between Iran’s main leopard and brown bear population nuclei and the Caucasus’. Ungulates, especially deer species are under rampant poaching pressure, leaving small numbers within a few forest areas. Unfortunately, the majority of these forests suﬀer from lack of proper conservation action.
We address this problem within Dohezar-Sehezar area as the connecting refugia between Iran and the Caucasus. The heavy human-caused pressure leaves no doubt that an emergency action is needed to establish conservation in the area. We engage two groups, hunters and rangers, through provision of training, equipment, and social support. We enhance rangers’ capabilities and motivation for law-enforcement, while we closely work with hunters to educate and engage them. They are both involved in conducting a baseline assessment using camera traps and developing a joint conservation plan.
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