By Lin Kerns
Iran Cheetah Conference - 5th October
Tehran will host National Conference of Iranian Cheetahs, organized by the ICS and Iran DoE on 5 October 2013. With various talks to be given by high-ranked Iranian governmental authorities about country's commitment to protect the cheetahs in Iran, the ICS will announce officially final outcome of two years of cheetah monitoring efforts across multiple reserves which has been carried out in partnership with Iran DoE, Conservation of Asiatic Cheetah Project and Panthera since 2011.
Meanwhile, more than 15 outstanding game guards together with a few dedicated herders who did not kill the predators despite serious livestock loss they experienced will be acknowledged in the ceremony which is to be attended by the country's vice president and head of Iran DoE, Dr Masoumeh Ebtekar.
Recent surveys in Iran have revealed that the country's cheetah population has sunk to critical levels and is still in decline. Low reproduction in recent years has also increased concerns among experts about the future of the cheetahs in Iran. Accordingly, in order to spread the word among key partners and also to motivate game guards who are the frontiers in cheetah conservation in the country, the conference has been organized and financial incentives have been provided for selected game guards who have been active in anti-poaching efforts within last year.
The conference will be held in DoE's main conference hall in Tehran.
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