Assessment of a Model of Collaborative Management for Wetlands from a Community Viewpoint (Case study: Anzali Wetlands)

Document Type : Original Articles


1 Associate Professor, Department of Social Science, Faculty of Humanities, University of Mazandaran

2 Graduate student in sociology, Department of Social Science, University of Mazandaran


Wetland habitats are natural ecosystems, which play a significant role in the development of surrounding communities. Due to their importance, the Convention on Wetlands Protection was ratified on 2nd February, 1971, in the city of Ramsar, Guilan, Iran. Anzali wetlands are registered as freshwater wetlands, and, currently, more than a million people either work or live around the lagoon. To consider the role of local people in the conservation of wetlands, in this paper, we ask, “What is the level of awareness sustained by local people regarding the Anzali Wetlands”? The Model of Collaborative Management for Wetlands has been used to assess the community viewpoint in this regard.In terms of methodology, the current study uses a survey method to study 50 sample cases of local people living in the area of wetlands, as well as wetland stakeholders. Using statistical tests, the results showed that the local community was more aware of the collaborative management of wetlands than public administration employees