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An educational- advisory workshop and meeting of experts for the strategic planning and update on the status of ungulates in Iran
An educational- advisory workshop and meeting of experts for the strategic planning and update on the status of ungulates in Iran

 

The Alborz Province’s Department of Environment (DoE) and the DoE’s Office of Wildlife hosted a 3-day workshop to develop a strategic plan and to give an update on the status of ungulates in Iran.

Among those present were the head of the DoE’s Office of Wildlife, the head of the DoE’s Museum and Genetic Reserve, the General Director of the Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah Project, and the Alborz Province’s DoE General Manager. Others participants included wildlife experts from the DoE, wildlife experts from other provinces, conservationists from the PWHF, and the Iranian Cheetah Society.

Dr. David P. Mallon, Head of The Antelope Specialist Group of IUCN’s Species Survival Committee, led this meeting.

In this meeting, the vision and objectives of the plan’s goal, protecting the ungulates in Iran, was discussed, after having reviewed the elements that threaten the species.

To come up with an effective strategic plan, experts unanimously agreed that there wasn’t sufficient data on the conservation of these ungulates.

Tim Rundle, one of the speakers, had previously developed one for the Persian roe deer with the help of his colleagues from the International Conservation Services (ICS) upon the DOE’s request. He emphasized the importance of executing these programs. In order to successfully do so, he stressed the importance of relying on Iranian conservationists and the experts in the field’s knowledge.

Since the summer of 2014, PWHF and the DoE are collaborating on a project to “standardize ungulate population estimation methods in Iran”. The goal of this project is for PWHF and colleagues from foreign universities to develop a cost effective, accurate, and feasible method of population estimation. The results of this collaboration will provide precise and comparable data for the management and the conservation of wildlife.