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Institutional Strengthening and Coherence for Integrated Natural Resources Management

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MENARID International Project

“Institutional Strengthening and Coherence for Integrated Natural Resources Management”

The Middle East and North Africa Regional Programme for Integrated Sustainable Development (MENARID) International project is being conducted in including Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. In Iran, the project started in September 2010 as a joint activity between Global Environmental Fund (GEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO) of Iran (as Iran government representative). 

The goal of the project is to promote climate- resilient and gender sensitive integrated management of renewable natural resources, while maintaining the capacity of ecosystems to deliver the goods and services needed to support local livelihoods. The project will contribute to this goal along with the other projects under the MENARID and in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  

Project Objective and its components:

The objective is to remove barriers to integrated Natural Resources Management by developing and strengthening institutional knowledge, capacity and coordination, and by demonstrating and up-scaling successful sustainable land and water management practices. 

The current project is comprised of three (3) substantive and complementary components as below:
1: Improved knowledge and understanding
2: An enabling environment
3: Community driven approaches

Expected outcomes:

1: Enhanced engendered knowledge and understanding of the drivers of land-use change causing land, ecosystem and water degradation with consequent impacts on ecosystem services and local livelihoods
2: An enabling environment for INRM and the use of the enhanced knowledge from Component 1
3: Community-driven, climate-resilient approaches and techniques for sustainable land and water management demonstrated through INRM practices

MENARID Demonstration sites and Focal Areas:

MENARID, a full size GEF project in Iran, is executed in four type of agro ecosystems (rang lands, rain-fed agriculture, irrigated agriculture and forest/woodlands) where cross-sectoral coordination is essential, located in five provinces, Sistan and Baluchestan, Kermanshah, Yazd, and also Semnan and Tehran which are pilot sites of Water and Land Recourses Sustainable Management( Hablehroud).

The project is aligned with GEF policies and priorities in four focal areas:
1-    Land Degradation: The project objectives align closely with supporting sustainable agriculture and rangeland management in the land degradation focal area strategy. It is consistent to develop an enabling environment that will place sustainable land management in the mainstream of development policies and practices at the national and local levels in Iran.
2-    International Waters: By identifying interactions between different sources and the multiple use demands of water, the project will ensure that water is not over-used and supplies are available to feed above- and below-ground sources for adjacent territories.
3-    Biodiversity Conservation: The project will address the regulatory and institutional constraints to mainstreaming of biodiversity conservation into livelihood activities in the wider agricultural production landscape surrounding protected areas.
4-    Climate Change Mitigation: Through its focus on measuring, monitoring and demonstrating carbon sequestration and its attendant benefits to ecosystems and livelihoods, the project will fully support management of land use, land-use change and forestry as a mean to protect carbon stocks and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

MENARID Key Stakeholders

The project key stakeholders are classified in four different groups as below: 
1-    Government: at local, provincial and national levels is a primary stakeholder as it continues to coordinate environmental protection and national development objectives in its actions.
2-    Local Communities: especially the poorest and most vulnerable who are not only the custodian for critical biodiversity and globally-important environmental assets but are also dependent on the quality of local natural resources.
3-    Private Sectors: are another stakeholder potentially benefiting as opportunities arise for the development and implementation of activities and initiatives that have potential to be commercialized. 
4-    Civil Society and NGOs: will have a significant stakeholder role in promoting awareness of integrated natural resources management, especially in project sites and in developing linkages both to human welfare and to sustainable resources, ecosystem and environmental management.