0318 GMT October 23, 2019
Mohammad Reza Saeedabadi added that Tang-e Sayyad would be the 11th biosphere reserve of Iran registered on the World Heritage List.
The national park is located east of Shahr-e Kord. It possesses many parameters for global registration, including biodiversity, cultural diversity, improvement of local communities, support for research and environmental considerations.
Saeedabadi said preliminary measures for studying Tang-e Sayyad’s dossier have been conducted, which would be discussed at UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere (MAB) Conference for final studies.
“No report has been sent to us on renewed registration of Qeshm Geopark in Hormuzgan province,” he said.
“Qeshm Geopark has a strategic status. When its dossier is completed, the officials can send the application for its registration on the list of UNESCO’s geoparks.”
Iran is one of the leading and influential countries for implementing UNESCO’s MAB program. So far, the country’s share in biosphere reserves of the world is 69.1 percent, which include the 10 biosphere reserves previously registered as global heritage.
Biosphere reserves of Orumieh, Golestan and Kavir national parks as well as the protected zones of Arasbaran in East Azarbaijan, Touran in Fars, Geno and Hara in Hormuzgan, Arjhan-Parishan in Fars and also Miyankaleh Wildlife Refuge in Mazandaran were registered on World Heritage List 38 years ago.
MAB is an intergovernmental scientific program aimed at setting a scientific basis for the betterment of relations between people and their environment globally.
The program, launched in the early 1970s, proposes an interdisciplinary research agenda and capacity building that target the ecological, social and economic dimensions of biodiversity loss.