Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for further actions to save Oaks and Boxwood trees in Zagros and Caspian forests of the country at the final workshop for a technical cooperative project that aimed at assisting the forestry sector in Iran.
During the final workshop of the project entitle “Assistance to Strengthening the Resilience of Zagros Forests to Oak Decline and Caspian Forests to Boxwood Blight and Development of National Forest Monitoring System in the Islamic Republic of Iran” held on Wednesday 10 January 2018, in Chalus, Mazandaran Province of Iran, in his opening remarks, AbdelHamied Hamid, Senior Forestry Officer from the FAO Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (FAORNE) underscored that lessons learned from this project would be used for the upcoming project in a bigger scale.
“During implementation of this project we have developed 15 reports and guidelines that are critical for ensuring the sustainability of our achievements in the country” said Mr. Hamid.
According to a press release published by the FAO Representation in Iran, Dr. Shiroma Sathyapala, the FAO’s Forestry Officer, who has been engaged with the project since its inception also highlighted the fact that having “Emergency Response System” in Forestry sector in every country including the Islamic Republic of Iran is an “absolute need”.
The FAO project that implemented from 2015 to 2017 aimed at supporting the country’s effort to establish a sustainable forest management that increases the resilience and strengthen the capacity of the Zagros forest to overcome natural shocks resulting from repeated drought and Caspian forest to overcome the biotic stresses caused by boxwood blight disease.