Click hereQara Dagh is a mountain ridge with dense oak woodlands located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. It is home to one of the most elusive predators on the planet: the Persian leopard. This extremely rare predator became the focus and flagship for the establishment of the first nature reserve in the entire region, the Qara Dagh Nature Reserve.
Qara Dagh is famous for many things, but until recently, nature conservation was not one of them. The local nature conservation NGO Nature Iraq listed Qara Dagh as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) and is responsible for the establishment and management of the reserve.
This year, IUCN NL celebrates the 20th anniversary of the IUCN NL land acquisition fund, which allowed over 100 NGOs to protect and connect the – often fragmented – habitats of endangered species. We proudly present the stories of these local partners and their conservation efforts in an extensive anniversary report.
Proud to be featured in this anniversary report of the IUCN NL land acquisition fund.
Our project to 'Protect the Persian Leopard in Kurdistan' (Page: 48-50), along other great projects like community engagement in Colombia to ensure the survival of the Cotton-top Tamarin, creating safe nesting grounds for extremely rare birds… Are some examples of many conservation efforts supported by @IUCNNL: https://bit.ly/3jkfLPn