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Rangeland Rehabilitation and Establishment of a Wildlife Reserve in the Syrian Steppe, GCP/SYR/009/ITA

Objectives: The overall development goal of the Project is to support the Syrian Government and local communities in ensuring the sustainability of range rehabilitation techniques, and to implement the conservation management plan of the Al-Talila Wildlife Reserve.
Sectorial Topic (Note): Sustainable use and management of rangelands
Actor(s)[Nation(Ministry, Agency)/Organization]: General Directorate for Cooperation for Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Italy); FAO
Contents: Al-Talila Wildlife Reserve was established by the Government in 1991 to rehabilitate habitats, protect wildlife and generate additional income to local communities through tourism. In 1992, the Government expressed the wish to define a comprehensive long-term strategy for sustainable range-land development. The Italian Government agreed to fund a preparatory study through FAO, with the objective of formulating a project for the rehabilitation of the Palmyra range-land and the improvement of the contiguous Al-Talila Protected Area. Since 1994, three subsequent phases of the Project have been funded by Italy and executed and implemented by FAO.
Means of Implementation: Amount of financing 1.500.000,00 euro.
Develop field-tested techniques for rehabilitation of range-lands under dry badia conditions, in order to apply them also in other areas of the Syrian steppe.
Prepare national counterpart institutions, including local community institutions, national Project staff and target groups, to take over full responsibility for the Project follow-up after the third phase is completed.
Target year: 2002
Target Area/Place: Syrian Steppe
Expected Outcome(S): An environmental monitoring system is being established and field tested, as a tool for range- land management planning.
Grazing management plans based upon the already successfully tested exclusion technique have been developed for all cooperatives in the Project area.
An area of 1200 ha has been re- seeded with native plants, resulting in 7400 ha of improved range-land.
Project staff and members of counterpart institutions have received advanced training on integrated range ecosystem management.
The final extension programme for nomadic and semi-nomadic herders has been elaborated and field-tested,.
Small income-generating activities have been initiated.
The management plan of the Wildlife Reserve has been implemented, and the development of the information centre (eco-museum) for conservation education started.
Relevance to the Plan of Implementation of WSSD: This project addresses several priority actions identified in the plan of implementation which are related to:
- capacity building,
- environmental monitoring,
- istitutional framework
Other Information:
(Contact): Dr. Emma Russo
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Phone: +
Address: Via Contarini, 25 00194 Roma
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