Biodiversity

 

The project is developing a series of resources that can be used nationally and locally to enable conservation.

Nationally

We will help produce a draft IUCN Red List for Birds and endemic and near endemic plants.

Georeferencing of historic herbarium records has enabled the incorporation of more baseline botanical data into Nature Iraq’s Iraq wide KBA assessments.

Locally

A series of resources which can be used for protected area management on Peramagroon Mountain are being developed.

We have undertaken a large fieldwork programme to survey and record new data from Peramagroon. To date the number of plant species known from the mountain is estimated to be 650 – more than double the 295 species previously known. 26 of these plants are endemic or near endemic to Iraq.

In addition a checklist of the birds of Peramagroon has been prepared totalling over 140 species. A dragonfly and butterfly checklist are also being developed.

The data collected is being transformed into interactive identification guides to the biological diversity of Peramagroon. This includes photographic guides which can be downloaded to mobile phones. This technology has been recognised as a particularly accessible and user friendly way to disseminate information in the Middle East. Nevertheless, this will be the first time this will have been achieved for biodiversity information in Iraq or regionally

Work is also underway to document changes in traditional land management practices on Peramagroon and the impact of these changes on biodiversity.