Sustainability Assessment Process at the Local Level Based on IUCN Approach (Case Study: Mondje Customary Region in Lordegan Township)

Document Type : Research Paper


1 PhD Candidate, Department of Forestry and Forest Economics, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, I. R. Iran

2 Associate professor, Department of Forestry and Forest Economics, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, I. R. Iran

3 Professor, Department of Forestry and Forest Economics, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, I. R. Iran

4 Assistant professor, Department of Forestry and Forest Economics, Faculty of Natural Resources, University of Tehran, I. R. Iran


Local areas are fundamental constituent parts of planning at national and international levels. These areas are the first foundation of centraliozation and non-centralization of sustainable development.In the present study, the consistency condition of customary areas in Mondje region, located in Lordegan city- Chahar Mahal Bakhteyari province, was assessed using of the IUCN model. In this approach, seven stage including determination of assessment target, showing of systems, clarify of consistency dimensions and elements, selection of criteria and indicators, categorize and measurement of indicators, combine indicators for each system and mapping of sustainability barometer, were considered. In this study, two human and natural systems, four dimensions of land cover, using of resources, wilth and population, as different dimensions, and seven criteria with ninteen indicators were regarded to the assessment of region consistency. On basis of the results of indicators assessment, pay attention to local experts opinion, 48 % of all indicators and 66 % in natural system are unstable and almost unstable. The indicators of firewood, farming in the forest and livestock are in unstable situation.The results and barometer analysis showed that the consistency condition in study area is as unstable.


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