Caucasus project

PROJECT TITLE: IDENTIFICATION OF THE PERSIAN LEOPARD HABITATS IN EAST AZARBAIJAN PROVINCE

SOURCE OF FUND: EAST AZARBAIJAN PROVINCIAL DOE

YEAR IMPLEMENTED: 2012

In 2012, a research was developed and conducted to identify leopard potential habitats in East Azarbaijan province to provide a basis for leopard conservation and management programs in transboundary areas in northwest of Iran. It is worth mentioning that among three bordering provinces of Ardebil, West and East Azarbaijan in northwest of Iran, East Azarbaijan province has the longest borderline (45 km) with the South Caucasus countries. This province also contains main common leopard habitats with two neighboring countries of Armenia and Azerbaijan Republics. 

In this study, a total of 37 discrete areas were identified with more than 23% probability of presence of the leopard. Localities of these potential habitats were identified in each township. Even though, much of the leopard habitats in this area are scattered and isolated (or in the process of isolation), few main habitats were found to be reasonably vast and connected. However, these areas are surrounded by cultivation lands and settlement areas. Presence of livestock and poaching of prey species are other risks available in these regions...

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Mapping the Persian leopard habitat connectivity in the Iranian sector of the Caucasus ecoregion

 

We Won 2021 Facilitation Impact Award


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   A Persian Leopard Book (NEW )

- Sanei A. Research and Management Practices for Conservation of the Persian Leopard in Iran. Springer, Cham.

General Overview to the Research Programs in Part I

- A King for the Mountainous Landscapes: An Overview to-  the Cultural Significance and Conservation Requirements of the Persian Leopard in Iran 

Novel Regional Classification of Natural and Socioeconomic Characteristics for the Persian Leopard Research and Conservation Programs 

Countrywide Distribution Modelling of the Persian Leopard Potential Habitats on a Regional Basis in Iran 

Ground Validation of the Persian Leopard MaxEnt Potential Distribution Models: An Evaluation to Three Threshold Rules

-An Innovative Approach for Modeling Cumulative Effect of Variations in the Land Use/Land Cover Factors on Regional Persistence of the Persian Leopard 

-An Overview to the Persian Leopard Trans-boundary Habitats in the Iranian Sector of the Caucasus Ecoregion 

-Introduction to the Persian Leopard National Conservation and Management Action Plan in Iran 

-A Contingent Valuation Practice with Respect to Wildlife Trafficking Law Enforcement in Iran-Case Study: Panthera pardus saxicolor 

 -An Innovative National Insurance Model to Mitigate the Livestock–Leopard Conflicts in Iran

 

Download "Recent Distribution and Status Assessment of the Persian Leopard in Iran" 


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