»
»
Getting local communities involved in conservation
Getting local communities involved in conservation

The old policy of “fines and fences” is no longer an effective way of pursuing environmental protection objectives. At PWHF, we believe local communities should be involved in any conservation effort. We turn to villagers living within the parameters of natural habitats or in the surrounding areas as trusted partners in our projects. We believe conservation is their prerogative. They are the direct custodians of natural resources. Successful experimentation with community-based conservation strategies in many parts of the world and in Iran has prompted us to place this strategy at the top of our priorities. By and large human activities inside or on the peripheries of habitats is the reason for wildlife depletion. Reclaiming pristine natural lands for agriculture, grazing unregulated livestock inside protected areas and sometimes well into safe core areas of the protected areas and national parks, and poaching are examples of the kinds of pressures that human populations are putting on our natural habitats. By advocating environmental consciousness we enlist local communities as stakeholders in our conservation programs and turn them into our genuine partners in conservation. We hope to show that the sustainability of their livelihood is tied to the health of their and our environment.