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    The protected area of Geno

    BandarAbbas - The protected area of Geno


    Geno is a region with a unique mountainous terrain, northwest of the Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas, which has its own peculiar vegetation in addition to abundant ecological values.

    It is a protected area spread over 27,500 hectares and is located in southern Iran, northwest of the Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas. Its closeness to various civilian areas has added to its importance.

    The Geno protected area derives its name from the 34 km long and 5-to-15 km wide mountain range of the same name that covers 350 square kilometers. The regions south and east of the Geno Mountain Range are mostly lowlands while to the north and west are high altitude plains. The highest peak in the Geno Mountains towers 2,347 above sea level.

    The Geno Mountain Range is located south east of the Zagros Mountain Range and has a mild weather. The mountain range divides the region into different ecological areas. On the southern side adjacent to the Persian Gulf are plains and on the northern side is an arid semi-desert region. The region has contrasting temperatures depending on the altitude. In summer when the temperature in the lowlands soars to over 40 degrees centigrade, the mountain peaks of Geno have a pleasant weather of 26 degrees.

    This temperature difference and the ecosystem diversity have made the region an ideal place for recreation.

    The Geno protected area has plenty of water sources. There are at least 40 springs in the region, which provide the water needs of the wild life throughout the year. Some of these springs are used by the local villagers for farming and for drinking water. The area abounds in citrus gardens and palm trees. Geno's geysers or hot water springs are also famous for their healing effects. These springs attract the local people and tourists and every year many people travel to the area to for treatment of their ailments. The hot springs of Geno are located in a green area with high and low plains, palm tress, and picturesque spots. If planned very well, the region can become one of the main tourist attractions of Iran.

    It is worth knowing that the Geno protected area is exclusive in terms of vegetation since it has a wide variety of plants that thrive in different climatic conditions. Thus it is the only known place in Iran, which could be called a botanical treasure trove.

    it is also interesting to note that the Geno protected area possesses an outstanding diversity of plain and mountain wild life. Goat, hyena, wolf, fox and jackal are among the important mammals of this region.

    A special kind of fish named Aphanius Quinois is also exclusive to Geno's hot water springs and has not been seen in other parts of the world.

    Of course, there are plenty of reptiles in this region because of the hot and dry geographical conditions.

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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.