FAO in the Islamic Republic of Iran

FAO Project list in the Islamic Republic of Iran

GCP Projects

GCP/RNE/009/SWE - Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity & Water Sustainability in North East North Africa

GCP/RNE/009/SWE - Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Water Efficiency/Productivity & Water Sustainability in North East North Africa

The project set the framework for implementing the 2030 Agenda for water efficiency and productivity (SDG 6.4) through three major work packages: (i) establishing a robust water accounting system providing the evidence base for the full water budgeting (supply, demand, uses and re-cycling, present and projected) and for monitoring progress in the achievement of the targets while assessing the institutional effectiveness to govern water resources; (ii) implementing a series of interventions to increase water efficiency and productivity in selected farming systems of the countries to advance in achieving the SDG 6.4; interventions will include: introduction/enhancement of good practices and affordable technologies; improvement of decentralized water governance; development of under-exploited value chain rural agro-industry; leveraging on the multiplier effect to increase productivity when accounting for gender dimensions in the adoption of on-farm practices and technologies, in decentralized governance and along the value chain; elaboration of incentive frameworks, adapted to each local conditions, to promote the uptake of good practice and technologies at farm level and to stimulate entrepreneurial initiatives along the value chain (thus generating higher income and higher job opportunity); (iii) ensuring that higher efficiency/productivity achievements for the 2030 time horizon are attained within safe operational boundaries of water use defining the conditions for water sustainability and, therefore, for a sustainable, socially equitable and human-rights based development.

Donor: SIDA (Swedish International Development cooperation Agency) 

Press Release: FAO Representative to Iran visits project on water scarcity and water productivity in Qazvin Province 

GCP/IRA/064/GFF - Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and Degraded Land with Particular Attention to Saline Soils and Areas Prone to Wind Erosion Project (RFLDL)

GCP/IRA/064/GFF - Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and Degraded Land with Particular Attention to Saline Soils and Areas Prone to Wind Erosion Project (RFLDL)

 

Rehabilitation of Forest Landscapes and Degraded Land Project (RFLDLP) is a collaborative effort of Iranian Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) which supports the efforts of the Government of Islamic Republic of Iran to mainstream environmentally sustainable development approaches through preparation and running community-based and integrated land and forest management (SLFM) initiatives.

The main objective of the project is to remove barriers to participatory integrated SLFM through:

(i) Strengthening capacity of local communities, provincial and local institutions to plan, implement and evaluate participatory and integrated SLFM initiatives at the village and watershed scales;

(ii) Adoption and implementation of the defined plans including sustainable alternative livelihood options with socio-economic and environmental benefits sustaining ecosystem services;

(iii) Enhancing capacity at local and national levels to mainstream these approaches into national plans, policies and processes.

This Project, ongoing since mid Aug 2011 in two pilot sites of Kerman and South Khorasan Provinces, has been designed towards restoration and enhancement of goods and services delivered by the ecosystems as improvement of capacity of degraded lands and forest landscapes in an arid and semi-arid area to be resulted in generation of sustainable livelihoods, further food security and biodiversity as well as desertification control.

The unique specification of the Project is that it simultaneously addresses national priorities and local needs. 

Donor: Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and co-financed by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

GCP/IRA/066/JPN - Integrated Programme for Sustainable Water Resources Management in the Urmia Lake Basin

GCP/IRA/066/JPN - Integrated Programme for Sustainable Water Resources Management in the Urmia Lake Basin

 

The severe escalation of water scarcity due to the key drivers such as demographic growth, tendency to increase food self-sufficiency, urbanization expansion, energy demand and overall socio-economic development, further compounded by the negative impacts of climate change and the considerable degradation of water quality resulted in the Urmia Lake (5’000 km2) intense pressure during the last two decades and it is currently in a state of ecological crisis with major impacts on biodiversity and socio-economic conditions.

In this context, FAO is implementing the project "GCP/IRA/066/JPN - Integrated Programme for Sustainable Water Resources Management in the Urmia Lake Basin", funded by the Government of Japan. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to more sustainable, productive and climate change resilient agricultural and rural systems with a positive impact on the environment in general and on the water balance (inflow-outflow) of the Urmia Lake. The Project is being implemented through an FAO operating and management team, fully integrated within the existing governance of the Urmia Lake Restoration Programme (ULRP) and in close cooperation with different partners, selected on the basis of multidisciplinary requirements.

This project is supporting the national endeavor and to provide technical and strategic assistance in implementing an integrated and sustainable management system for the Urmia Lake and its basin with the following components:

1-      A basin and sub-basin level water consumption monitoring (based on advanced water-accounting methodology) and integrated within a hydrological system to regulate water supply and demand and monitor its impact on Lake Urmia.

2-      A drought monitoring and drought management program linked to Urmia Lake basin water management.

3-      A socio-economic and livelihood programme that enable the successful implementation of sustainable water use practices (in line with Urmia Lake restoration) and at the same insure viable economic outcomes for farmers and locally affected communities and hence guarantees acceptance and uptake of sound technical solutions.

4-      Complementary watershed management practices that contribute to increased water flows to UL, improve land-water dynamics and/or improve local communities’ livelihood.

5-      A capacity development (CD) programme to national and local stakeholders, including technical staff from relevant agencies, including universities, with implementation, monitoring and evaluation mandates and functions related to Urmia Lake restoration. The CD also includes training for trainers to support farmers, farmers groups, associations or cooperatives that participate in UL restoration interventions. 

Donor: Government of Japan 

Press release: FAO Representative visits ongoing activities to restore Urmia Lake in East and West Azerbaijan

Press release: FAO takes a step forward to assist Iran in drought management in Urmia Lake basin

Press release: FAO and ULRP provide Iranian experts with advanced skills on Evapotranspiration mapping

 

GCP/IRA/068/GCR - Green Climate Fund (GCF) Readiness Programme of the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

The national readiness programme supports the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran in strengthening the national capacities to effectively access and efficiently manage, track and guide climate financing with particular attention to the requirement of Green Climate Fund (GCF). Guided by Iran national development policies and priorities, the programme will include the preparatory activities to strengthen a National Designated Authority (NDA) and establish a functional coordination mechanism in Department of Environment, strengthen stakeholder's engagement and effective participation, and assist I.R. Iran in developing a gender- responsive country programme including climate change adaptation and mitigation priorities. The accomplishment of above readiness activities will lay the foundation for the Islamic Republic of Iran to kick-start and make concrete steps toward meeting the need for climate financing in an effective and coordinated way.

Donor: Green Climate Fund (GCF)

Press release: FAO and DOE launch a joint programme to strengthen Iran’s national capacity to access Green Climate Fund for adaptation and mitigation actions

TCP Projects

TCP/IRA/3801 (E) - Urgent action for capacity building to control desert locust infestation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

TCP/IRA/3801 (E) - Urgent action for capacity building to control desert locust infestation in the Islamic Republic of Iran

 

This project will enhance the technical capacity of the Plant Protection Organization (PPO) of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad (MAJ) in early warning, controlling and monitoring desert locust as the most important migratory pest in Iran. This capacity building shall control the expected outbreak in late spring and mitigate its destructive effects.

Press release: FAO funds an emergency Technical Cooperation Programme to strengthen Iran’s capacity to control desert locust

Press release: FAO scales up its technical assistance to Iran on addressing Desert Locust infestation

TCP/IRA/3703 - Technical Support to Water and Soil Rehabilitation for Improved Climate Resilience in Golestan, Khouzestan and Lorestan Provinces

TCP/IRA/3703 - Technical Support to Water and Soil Rehabilitation for Improved Climate Resilience in Golestan, Khouzestan and Lorestan Provinces

 

The 2019 devastating spring floods in the Islamic Republic of Iran drastically affected agriculture sector in Lorestan, Golestan, and Khuzestan provinces. The Government requested FAO to assist the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad in the rehabilitation in these provinces. FAO and the Department of Water and Soil of the Ministry of Agriculture Jahad jointly assessed the status of flood damages in the agriculture sector and the project restored soils and water resources. The overall risk management capacities of local and national stakeholders will be strengthened. 

The main impact of the project is the improvement of food and nutrition security of flood affected agricultural community with enhanced resilience of the agriculture system and communities against climatic disasters through improved knowledge and capacities for soil and water management.

Press release: FAO funds a project to increase the resilience of the local Iranian communities against climate change and natural hazards

TCP/IRA/3702 - Support Marine Cage Culture Development

TCP/IRA/3702 - Support Marine Cage Culture Development

 

Due to climate change and sharp decline in precipitation (0.64% decrease of precipitation per year since 50 years ago or in other words 59% decrease compared to long-term average amount) in Iran during recent years and thereby shortage of available freshwater, marine cage culture has been a key priority for government to supply animal proteins, healthy food and alternative livelihoods. Due to the many difficulties/problems, the projected productions in the FYNDP have not been fulfilled till now, i.e. total cage production in 2017 was 14,050 tons while it should have been 50,000 tons according to FYNDP, implying that achievement of expected goals in current situations is unattainable. Therefore, the government of Islamic Republic of Iran has requested for FAO’s technical support through FAO Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) to improve marine cage culture capacities and achieving the long-term goals in this sector.

Press release: FAO, Iran Fisheries Organization ink agreement to support the sustainable development of marine cage culture

TCP/IRA/3604 - Building Capacity toward Sustainable Intensification of Oilseed Crops in Iran addressing the Soybean Value Chain

TCP/IRA/3604 - Building Capacity toward Sustainable Intensification of Oilseed Crops in Iran addressing the Soybean Value Chain

 

In the character of value chain development for five crops, Soybean improvement as a component of cereal-based production will be emphasized through capacity-building along with enhanced coordination among stakeholders.The lateral focus of this project is also on the development of an investment-grade (UTF) programme to enable scaling of farmer adoption and to address needs for enhancing other oilseed crops.  

 

TCP/IRA/3603 - Improve Agriculture Monitoring Systems through Satellite Imagery for Iran

TCP/IRA/3603 - Improve Agriculture Monitoring Systems through Satellite Imagery for Iran

 

The Project aims to assist the Islamic Republic of Iran to establish  improved and operational agriculture monitoring systems based on sustainable methods, tools and technologies that improve the quality of agricultural information and reporting based on the geospatial technology.

Press release: FAO assists Iran in improving agriculture monitoring systems through Satellite Imagery

TCP/RAB/3602 (16/X/RAB/219) - Support to the Regional Collaboration Platform of Water Scarcity Initiative to increase water productivity

TCP/RAB/3602 (16/X/RAB/219) - Support to the Regional Collaboration Platform of Water Scarcity Initiative to increase water productivity

 

The objective of this project is to strengthen regional capacities and to enhance regional information exchange and to build the framework for the adaptation of pathways for increasing water productivity in selected farming systems of the beneficiary countries.