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Phenomenology of Hunting and Consumption of Migratory Birds in the Fereydoonkenar Wetlands. De-marketing strategies and policies for protection of migratory birds | duration: 07/2021 - 06/2023

  • Context

The International Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat Convention was signed in 1971 in the city of Ramsar in Iran. It follows the goal to protect these birds and their natural habitats. Iran has designated 25 sites as protected areas under this convention – including the Fereyduan-Kenar wetlands which are located south of the Caspian Sea hosting more than 500 different bird species annually. The illegal hunting and consuming of these migratory birds is a threat to many species and for biodiversity in general. The member states of the United Nations committed themselves to an integrated conservation of biodiversity and land ecosystems in sustainable development goal 15 (life on land).

  • Methods & Planned Impact

This project will be based on a mixed method approach. Mixed methods research is a methodology for conducting research that involves collecting, analysing and integrating quantitative (e.g., experiments, surveys) and qualitative (e.g., focus groups, interviews) research. This project is the first study of the reasons for illegal hunting and consumption of migratory birds in the Fereydoonkenar international wetlands with a qualitative and phenomenological approach, which intends to provide measures and solutions for effective governance which aim at de-marketing the use of these products. The phenomenological approach focuses very strongly on subjective experiences. This approach is based on the experiences of individuals. Accordingly, this project seeks to gather data from different affected groups. It will critically assess to what extent these data from citizen science provide solutions with regard to de-marketing strategies and supportive policy tools. These findings will be compared with insights from other cases such as the Wadden sea (located in the south-eastern part of the North Sea in Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany). Such a comparative perspective will be taken in the planned workshops of the project. The collection of quantitative and qualitative data about cases (especially about the Fereydoonkenar wetlands and the Wadden Sea) will rely on documents produced by national and international agencies and institutions or NGOs (e.g., governments, the treaty secretariat of the Ramsar Convention or the Bonn Convention, the EU, UNEP, etc.) and from interviews with national and international institutions.

Justus-Liebig-University Giessen (Germany),
Center for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU)
Institute for Political Science, Department of International Relations
Associate Professor of International Marketing, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Management, University of Mazandaran, Babolsar, Iran
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This project is generously funded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR).