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25 July 2017 - UNESCO kicks off three-day workshop on Biosphere Reserves around the Caspian Sea

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Tehran, 25 July 2017- this morning marked the start of a three-day workshop on UNESCO Biosphere Reserves around the Caspian Sea with representatives from Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Russia.

The Iranian participants of the workshop are experts from the Department of Environment; the Ministry of Energy of Iran; the Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization; the Fisheries Organization, the Iranian National Oceanography Institute; and provincial departments of environment in Boushehr, Golestan, Hormozgan, Khouzestan, Mazandaran and Sistan-Balouchestan.

The workshop is organized by UNESCO in close collaboration with the Iranian National Man and Biosphere Committee and the Deputyship of Marine Environment at the Iranian Department of Environment. The main objective is to discuss challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation in environmental conservation around the Caspian Sea, using the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Concept. During the three-day meetings, an expert from Romania will also share successful experiences of regional collaboration around the Black Sea.

“If we count the total number of UNESCO biosphere reserves in the five Caspian littoral states, there are 65 Biosphere Reserves in Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia and Turkmenistan” said Ms. Esther Kuisch Laroche, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, during her opening remarks. She continued by saying that this figure itself is an indication of how well the concept of Biosphere Reserves is received in the region, and shows that it can be used as a solid vehicle for biodiversity conservation.

The UNESCO Representative concluded by expressing her hope that the workshop would pave the way for increased regional cooperation, using the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Concept, to protect and better manage the Caspian Sea Environment.

Mr. Miguel Clusener-Godt of UNESCO Headquarters in Paris highlighted the uniqueness of the UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which combines the natural and social sciences, economics and education to improve human livelihoods and safeguard natural and managed ecosystems, by promoting innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate, and environmentally sustainable. He also referred to the Lima Action Plan for Biosphere Reserves 2016-2025, which has been adopted at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in March 2016.

Deputy for Marine Environment of the Department of Environment, Dr. Parvin Farshchi, expressed her gratitude to UNESCO for its support in organizing the workshop and highlighted the geopolitical, economic, and ecological importance of the Caspian Sea, which contains some unique species in the world, including the Caspian Seal. She said that regional cooperation for the environmental protection of the Caspian Sea and its coastal areas was of great importance - not just to the neighboring countries, but to the entire world.

Dr. Zehzad, Senior Advisor at the Deputyship of Natural Environment of Iran’s Department of Environment, highlighted that Iran has been an active player in the UNESCO MAB Programme since its launch in 1971, and currently has 12 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. He emphasized that community participation is crucial in the management of Biosphere Reserves and called for the development of a joint database and systematic sharing of experiences among the Caspian littoral states.

After the opening session, the workshop started with country presentations on challenges and opportunities for regional cooperation in biodiversity conservation.

On 26-27 July, the workshop will continue in Bandar Anzali at the Caspian Sea and will include a visit to the Anzali wetlands.

For more information about UNESCO biosphere reserves, please see: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/ecological-sciences/biosphere-reserves/


1 June 2017 - UNESCO and UNIDO train Iranian entrepreneurship trainers on project appraisal and feasibility analysis

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UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office, in cooperation with UNIDO and the Iranian Technical and Vocational Training Organization (TVTO) under the Ministry of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare, organized a training workshop for 13 entrepreneurship trainers from various provinces of Iran on the use of UNIDO’s Computer Model for Feasibility Analysis and Reporting (COMFAR). The workshop was held from 21 May – 1 June 2017 at the TVTO Instructor Training Centre (TVTO-ITC) in Karaj.

Based on the fact that high-quality pre-investment advice leads to better projects, thus contributes to increasing local and foreign investments, UNIDO has equipped public and private stakeholders with tools and methodologies for project appraisal and feasibility analysis – including the COMFAR software.

COMFAR facilitates short and long term analysis of financial and economic consequences for industrial and non-industrial projects. COMFAR is accompanied by manuals, teaching materials and interlinked software for project identification and preparation.

The workshop is a follow-up to a similar training on entrepreneurship development held in 2015 that was also co-organized by UNESCO, UNIDO, and TVTO. The event took place at the Isfahan Regional Centre for Technology Business Incubators and Science Parks Development (under the auspices of UNESCO) in the city of Isfahan from 28 November to 1 December 2015.

The 2015 workshop aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of entrepreneurship trainers in conducting feasibility studies on entrepreneurship projects. The 38 workshop participants, including 15 women, were also TVTO entrepreneurship trainers from 19 provinces of Iran.

The 2017 Karaj workshop was organized in response to a request from TVTO and entrepreneurship trainers for further capacity building on SMEs, Advanced Business Planning, Business Models. In particular, TVTO requested specialized training on the latest version of the COMFAR software.

Participants of the workshop included three female and ten male entrepreneurship trainers from 12 provinces of Iran (Gilan, Sistan and Baluchestan, Golestan, Kurdistan, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Bushehr, Isfahan, Qazvin, Razavi Khorasan, West Azerbaijan, East Azerbaijan and Semnan), who are all certified trainers from TVTO-ITC.

These trainers completed 100-150 hours of Entrepreneurship Training in 2010 and they are certified as well by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The 13 entrepreneurship trainers participated in the four-day workshop on Entrepreneurship Development in Isfahan in 2015 where they were introduced to feasibility studies on entrepreneurship projects through the use of UNIDO’s COMFAR software.

This year, the participants were provided more in-depth training on COMFAR, particularly in conducting pre-investment studies and bankable projects; strengthening human resources; promoting investment; and conducting feasibility studies and financial analyses.

On 1 June 2017, a closing ceremony was held to award the successful participants with certificates.

For further information on UNESCO’s work on TVET, please visit the following links:



23 May 2017 - UNESCO Representative visits community-based project on sustainable natural resources management in Zanjan Province

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“Sustainability requires changes in the ways we produce and consume. Fundamentally, it requires new ways of seeing the world, new ways of thinking about our responsibilities to each other and our planet”, said Ms. Kuisch Laroche, UNESCO Representative, at a meeting with the Zanjan Natural Resources and Watershed Organisation.

Forest areas in Zanjan Province are sparsely covered with large expanses of manually planted trees and local communities are increasingly dependent on forest ecosystems for their food and livelihoods. Unsustainable practices have led to the widespread degradation of forest ecosystems and have also reduced the effectiveness of climate change adaptation strategies.

Within this context, the Forests Range and Watershed Management Organization (FRWO), in close cooperation with the Zanjan Natural Resources and Watershed Organization (ZNRWO), is implementing a pilot project entitled “Enhancing Women’s Capacity for Sustainable Natural Resource Management” in the Ghezeltape Watershed in Agh-Golagh Village, located in Arpachai. The overall goal of the project is to empower women to participate in community-based decision-making processes related to managing and safeguarding local natural resources.

FRWO invited Ms. Kuisch Laroche to visit the project to discuss possible areas of cooperation with UNESCO.

On 23 May 2017, the UNESCO Representative met with the Governor General of Zanjan, Dr Asadollah Darvish Amiri, and other key provincial officials, as well as representatives from FRWO and ZNRWO.

Dr Amiri stressed that poverty is an important driver of degradation of forest ecosystems, as local communities resort to unsustainable use of resources to meet their immediate needs. He highlighted the importance of educating rural populations to be less reliant on natural resources and the promotion of sustainable alternative livelihoods to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

On 24 May 2017, Mr Javad Rahmati, Assistant Governor of Zanjan; Dr Khalil Aghajanloo, Director General of ZNRWO; Colonel Ghasem Sabzali, Head of Protection Unit of FRWO; Mr Mohammad Ebrahim Fallah Kohan, Deputy Director General of Public Relations and International Affairs of FRWO, provincial officials, and representatives of FRWO and ZNRWO met with the UNESCO Representative to discuss possible areas of collaboration in the context of the project “Enhancing Women’s Capacity for Sustainable Natural Resource Management in the Ghezeltape Watershed”.

Following the meeting, Ms. Kuisch Laroche visited Agh-Golagh Village and had the opportunity to meet with local community members who showcased their handicrafts, as well as the medicinal plants grown by the community.

Through its Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, UNESCO has gained precious global experience in fostering the harmonious integration of people and nature for sustainable development through participatory dialogue; knowledge sharing; poverty reduction and human well-being improvements; respect for cultural values and society’s ability to cope with change. The lessons learned from those experiences can be shared with communities around the world.

In addition, UNESCO has been spearheading global efforts towards Education for Sustainable Development since 2005, promoting the integration of critical issues, such as climate change, biodiversity, disaster risk reduction (DRR), and sustainable consumption and production, into the curriculum in order to enable a transition to greener economies and societies.

For more information about UNESCO’s global activities in this regard, please see:





خرداد 96 - شرکت درمسابقه حفظ میراث فرهنگی یونسکو تا 30 ژوئن مهلت دارد

منبع: ایرنا

به گزارش ایرنا دفتر منطقه ای یونسکو در تهران بخش خصوصی در ایران را تشویق کرده تا پروژه های خود را تا پایان 30 ژوئن 2017 ( مطابق با 9 تیر ماه 1396 ) ، ارسال نموده تا به صورت بین المللی به نمایش درآیند.

داوطلبان برای شرکت در رقابت ها و دریافت اطلاعات بیشتر به وب سایت زیر مراجعه کنند:

بنابر اعلام روز یک شنبه دفتر یونسکو در تهران از سال 2000 جمعا 677 درخواست از 25 کشور با ارائه پروژه های مختلف از خانه های شخصی تا مجموعه کاخ ها ، در این رقابت شرکت نموده اند . مجموعا 196 مورد موفق به کسب جایزه یونسکو برای فعالیت های برگزیده در زمینه حفظ میراث فرهنگی شده اند .

بعلاوه 11 جایزه به معماری نوین که با میراث فرهنگی تلفیق شده اند اعطا شده است که این جایزه به تقدیر از طراحی های معماری امروزی که به خوبی با میراث فرهنگی عجین شده اند ، اختصاص دارد.

تا کنون 5 ایرانی موفق به کسب این جایزه شده اند: ' خانه پل شیر' ، جلفای اصفهان ( گواهی شایستگی آسیا – اقیانوسیه در سال 2002 ) ، ' خانه زرگر یزدی ) ، یزد ( نشان افتخار آسیا- اقیانوسیه در سال 2004 ) ، ' کاروانسرای زین الدین' ، یزد (نشان افتخار آسیا – اقیانوسیه در سال 2005) ، ' ارگ سریزد ' ، ( جایزه ممتاز آسیا – اقیانوسیه در سال 2014 ) ، خانه داروغه ، استان خراسان رضوی ( نشان افتخار آسیا – اقیانوسیه در سال 2017 )

برندگان این پروژه ها استانداردهای فنی و اجتماعی بالایی را برای حفاظت در منطقه ایجاد نمده اند . آنها تلاش های بومی برای حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی را ارتقا داده و به جوامع محلی الهام بخشیده تا برای نجات ابنیه تاریخی اقدامی کنند.

این جوایز از فرهنگ حفاظت از میراث فرهگی از طریق انتخاب تکنیک ها و رویکردهای مناسب حفاظت دفاع می کند.

پروژه هایی که بیش از 50 سال قدمت داشته و طی 10 سال اخیر تکمیل گردیده باشند ، مشمول جوایز حفاظت از میراث فرهگی هستند و با شرایط فوق الذکر در بخش حفاظت میراث فرهنگی قرار می گیرند. برای مثال خانه ها ، ساختمان های تجاری و سازمانی شهرها و روستاهای تاریخی ، پیگاه های میراث فرهنگی و باستانی و منظرهای فرهنگی ، نمونه های مناسبی برای رقالبت در این جایزه هستند.

هدف این جوایز تشویق افراد برای اجرای پروژه های حفاظت از میراث فرهنگی در جوامع شان به صورت مستقل یا با مشارکت بخش خصوصی – دولتی عنوان شده است.

این جوایز به تاثیرات اجتماعی و سیاسی پروژه با توجه به چگونگی پیوستگی روند و محصول نهایی با محیط اطراف و جامعه محلی پاداش می دهد.

امسال اسامی برندگان در ابتدای دسامبر 2017 اعلام خواهد شد که منتخبین ' نشان برتری ' ، ' جایزه ممتاز ' ، گواهی شایستگی ' ، ' نشان افتخار ' و ' جایزه معماری نوین تلفیق شده با میراث فرهنگی ' را دریافت خواهند نمود.

جایزه معماری نوین تلفیق شده با میراث فرهنگی به بناهای نوسازی اهدای می شود که طراحی برجسته آنها با معماری تاریخی عجین شده باشد. این جایزه پروژه های ارسال شده که با طرح و معماری جدید تکمیل شده اند را ترغیب کرده تا میراث فرهگی موجود را غنی تر سازند. ضمایم ساختمانی ، ملحقات جدید ، فضاهای عمومی و ساختارهای جدید مانند پل ها ، واجد شرایط شرکت در این رقابت هستند.

جایزه معماری نوین تلفیق شده با میراث فرهنگی به سازگاری سازه های نوساز می پردازد و به مواردی که بیانگر معماری برجسته است که با مفاهیم تاریخی عجین شده اند ، پاداش می دهد.

دریافت: حمید بحرینیان* انتشار: طاهره نبی اللهی



12 May 2016 - UNESCO participates in Third International ECO- Silk Road Food Festival in Zanjan Province

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The third “International ECO-Silk Road Food Festival” was held in Zanjan, Iran on 10-12 May 2017, within the framework of the International Year of Tourism for Sustainable Development.

The Festival was hosted by Zanjan Provincial Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization and co-organized with the ECO Secretariat. The Food festival attracted representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey as well as Bahrain, Bulgaria, China, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office participated in the Festival and show-cased its publications and activities in culture and tourism at the exhibition space. Several NGOs and a sizeable number of local restaurants and handicrafts producers also participated in the exhibition this year.

Mr. Ahsan Ali Mangi, Deputy Secretary General of ECO, Mr. Namvar Motlagh, Handicrafts Deputy of the Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), and the Governor of Zanjan all delivered speeches during the opening ceremony of the Festival, which was presided over by H.E. Ms. Zahara Ahmadipur, Vice- President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Head of ICHHTO.

In his statement the ECO Deputy Secretary-General praised the Festival and said that revival of the Ancient Silk Road would contribute to the development of the tourism industry in the ECO Region.

The Festival was attended by several members of the Iranian Parliament and other high-ranking officials, as well as ambassadors and diplomats based in Tehran.

To learn more about UNESCO’s work in cultural heritage and sustainable tourism, please see: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tourism/

For more information about our Silk Road activities, please see: http://en.unesco.org/silkroad/


5 May 2017 - Qeshm Island becomes UNESCO Global Geopark

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Paris, 05 May—Eight sites demonstrating the great diversity of our planet’s geology have received the UNESCO Global Geopark label on 5 May, when UNESCO’s Executive Board endorsed the decisions made by the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council during its first session in Torquay, UK, last September.

UNESCO Global Geoparks are territories that promote geodiversity through community-led initiatives to enhance regional sustainable development. They help monitor and promote awareness of climate change and natural disasters and many of them help local communities prepare disaster mitigation strategies.

With this year’s eight additions, the world network now numbers 127 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 35 countries. They celebrate the 4.6-billion-year history of our planet and the geodiversity that has shaped every aspect of our lives and societies. Furthermore, Geoparks create opportunities for sustainable tourism, whose importance has been recognized by the United Nations, which named 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The eight newly designated sites are:

Qeshm Island (Iran)

Qeshm Island UNESCO Global Geopark is an island shaped like a dolphin in the Strait of Hormuz, off the southern coast of Iran. Its exposed geological formations have been shaped by erosion generating a range of spectacular landscapes and beautiful rock deserts. Its preservation is supported by green tourism activities managed by local communities.

Arxan (China)

Arxan is a mid-low mountain region situated in China’s Autonomous Region of Inner Mongolia. With 35 well-exposed volcanoes that are over 2.5million years old, Arxan features an exceptionally dense concentration of volcanic landforms, with a rich variety of lakes and natural springs.  The UNESCO Global Geopark has developed extensive sustainable rural tourism services which offer the visitor a rare and unusual experience of a northern Chinese frontier area.

Causses du Quercy (France)

The Causses du Quercy UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the southwest of France, at the northern end of the Midi-Pyrénées region. It features a unique karst heritage shaped by a unique geological history that led to the formation of phosphate caves containing thousands of perfectly preserved fossils that recorded life conditions 52 to 20 million years ago. It makes this area a true “natural evolution laboratory”. The study of these fossils is part of a participatory science education programme, Graines de paléontologues ("paleontologists seeds") for elementary and secondary school students.

Cheongsong (Republic of Korea)

Cheongsong UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the central eastern area of the Republic of Korea. Its name is derived from “Cheongbo” and “Songsang,” meaning “green treasure” and “pine tree ecology,” respectively. The volcanic rocks in Cheongsong have exceptionally high silica content, which caused the hot lava that flowed from the area’s volcanos to form balls of dark and light layers as it cooled down. This has resulted in a unique and beautiful type of rock, locally called the Flower Stone.

Comarca Minera, Hidalgo (Mexico)

The Comarca Minera, Hidalgo UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the State of Hidalgo, to the east of central Mexico, The Geopark’s most remarkable geological feature are the Prismas Basalticos, basalt or volcanic rock columns, first described in 1804 by Alexander von Humboldt, the Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer. The 2.58-million-year-old Prismas Basalticos are exceptionally tall, some over 40 metres in height. They are the most famous basalt columns in Mexico and among the tallest in the world.

Keketouhai (China)

Keketuohai UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, in the inland area of Central Asia. With its spectacular granite landforms, the Geopark has sometimes been referred to as China’s Yosemite. The mainly Kazak inhabitants of the area have a rich history and culture preserved through many distinct local traditions. The site also features the unique Botamaoyin rock paintings, which are at least 3,000 years old.

Las Loras (Spain)

The Las Loras UNESCO Global Geopark is located in Spain, north of Castile and León. Its high altitude limestone moorlands, Loras, are characterized by mountainous folds of earth separated by spectacular river canyons. They dominate a spectacular landscape of natural fortresses that have been used by successive populations and cultures for refuge and protection throughout history. The area is dotted by caves, limestone cliffs, and karst landscapes resembling ruins with countless waterfalls. The well-preserved small villages of Las Loras have fine Romanesque churches, rock hermitages and examples of popular local architecture.

Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca (Mexico)

The Mixteca Alta, Oaxaca UNESCO Global Geopark is located in Mexico’s mountainous Sierra Madre del Sur province. The name of the Geopark is derived from the Mixteca civilization, which flourished from the 2ndcentury BC to the 15th century AD and ended with the arrival of the Spanish Conquistadores in the early 16thcentury. The UNESCO Global Geopark features trails along which visitors guided by local residents can examine the geological heritage of the region and its relation to ecological, historical, archaeological and cultural features.

The Executive Board of UNESCO also endorsed two requests for substantial extensions to two existing UNESCO Global Geoparks in China: Leiqiong and Zigong 


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