Traditional Forest Management and its Application to Encourage Public Participation for Sustainable Forest Management in the Northern Zagros Mountains of Kurdistan Province, Iran
By: Hedayat Ghazanfari, Manoochehr Namiranian, Hooshang Sobhani, and Reza M. Mohajer
Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research
Key words: forest management, Iran, participatory research, Quercus, Pistachia, traditional forestry practices, Zagros Mountains
In the Northern Zagros Mountains, Kurdish residents have strong traditional practices of land ownership and management. The forests are a primary source of livelihood for the local population, but because of several factors, deforestation is becoming a serious concern. Iran’s Forest and Rangeland Organization (FRO) has been trying to stabilize the situation in partnership with the indigenous populations for the last 40 years, but hasn’t been met with social acceptance. This study seeks to document traditional forest management practices and to assess their effects on the landscape, and to determine whether they can be implemented into a modern management practice.

Last updated: June 19, 2018