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International Collaboration for the Conservation of the Persian leopard
International Collaboration for the Conservation of the Persian leopard

Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation’s experts traveled to Iraq’s Kurdistan from December 14th 2016 to December 22nd 2016 for the conservation of the Persian leopard and its habitats outside Iran. Their goal during this trip was to transfer experience and give consultation for necessary studies and the design of trans-boundary protected areas or “Peace Parks”.

The trip program was divided in 2 parts. The first part was dedicated to discussing and giving advice on study methods and determining appropriate boundaries for protected areas. The second part consisted of field trips in order to view habitats, set boundaries and familiarize with local communities. Qara Dagh, Huraman and Halabja areas were generally studied.

On the last day of this trip, a 1-day workshop on “Peace Park creation for the conservation of the Leopards and the wildlife of Qara Dagh and Darbandikhan Areas” was organized. Local officials, Natural Resources Police and the Provincial Office of Sulaymanieh Environment attended this workshop. The importance and capacity of these areas, the necessity of integrated conservation through connected areas and the conservation of corridors were the main topics of this workshop. Existing experience on the establishment of government- based and NG- based protected areas and private reserves in Iran, and the classification and criteria set by IUCN on protected areas were also reviewed in this meeting.

This program was organized as part of previous collaborations with “Nature Iraq” and “Kurdistan Botanical Institution”, where collaboration still continues.