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Proposal to Upgrade Shirkouh to Protected Area

Proposal to Upgrade Shirkouh to Protected AreaProposal to Upgrade Shirkouh to Protected Area

The status of Shirkouh, a no-hunting zone in Yazd Province, is to be upgraded to that of a protected area once the proposal is approved by the High Environment Council. The new status is aimed at promoting the long-term conservation of the ecosystem in general while the no-hunting zone status is only aimed at protecting animal species, Mehr News Agency reported.  "Currently, Iran has 278 protected areas that will increase to 279 once Shirkouh's proposed status upgrade is approved by the council," said Hamid Gashtasb, director of the Office of Habitats and Protected Areas' Affairs at the Department of Environment.   Rich in flora and fauna, the 50,000-hectare Shirhouh region is home to over 600 plant species as well as six out of nine orders of Iran's mammals, including wild goat, sheep, cheetah and caracal.


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