Creating a Livestock-Free Wildlife Refuge to Safeguard the Critically Endangered Asiatic Cheetah

In partnership with IUCN NL


The project “Securing Touran National Park for Asiatic Cheetahs” was officially funded by IUCN NL Land Acquisition Program in August 2014. The initial goal was to lease ca. 516 km2 of Turan National Park from grazing permit owners and securing critical seasons (i.e., winter and spring) for the Asiatic Cheetah and its prey species. The project started positively but experienced a series of unfortunate setbacks along the way, which has protracted the project for years.

Ultimately, an amendment was signed by ICS and IUCN NL to authorize the relocation of the project in 2017. This relocation was supposed to help ICS focusing on work rather than corruption and conflicts. Based on the amendment, the project title officially changed to “Creating a Livestock-Free Wildlife Refuge to Safeguard the Critically Endangered Asiatic Cheetah in Northern Iran.” This project is still ongoing in ICS, which is prioritized in the yearly work plan.

Asiatic Cheetah and Dogs
Asiatic Cheetah and Dogs in Miandasht Wildlife Refuge

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. Stories of these local partners and their conservation efforts are presented in an extensive anniversary report. ICS has also shared its experiences during this complex project in the anniversary report.

You can download the “Anniversary report: two decades of land acquisition for conservation” from the box below.



Further reading:

Learn more about Land Acquisition Fund on the IUCN NL website

Read more about the 20th Anniversary report of land acquisition for conservation 


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