Eskandar Firouz is recognized as the father of environmental protection and conservation in Iran.
His memoirs begin with his early life in Tehran, and how he was sent abroad as a young child to further his education, first in Germany, then in the United States at the Lawrenceville Preparatory School and later at Yale University. Upon returning to Iran, he writes of how his love of the sport of hunting led him to a lifelong interest and affection for his country s geographical diversity. Iran has vast deserts, pristine forests, and singular wetlands. Having observed the uncontrolled depletion of the country s natural resources and wildlife, made him recognize the critical need for environmental conservation.
His efforts, in 1971, led to the creation of the Iranian Department of the Environment, and the passing of the Environmental Protection Law. Serving as the department s director and as a deputy to the prime minister, he helped create Iran s wildlife refuges, national parks, and botanical gardens. He was the originator of the internationally renowned Pardisan project, an ecological initiative that included zoological parks, natural history museums, and aquariums. He also served as vice president of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, and was a participant at the United Nations meetings dealing with environmental issues, including the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.
The accounts of his exploration of the wildlife of Iran, Central Asia and Africa will hold the reader s attention.
This is his fourth book. In 2000, The Fauna of Iran, was honored as book of the year by the Association of Iranian Publishers.
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Mr. Firouz s memoirs are readable and are an important source of information on the efforts to preserve the environment in Iran before the Islamic revolution. --Iranshenasi Scholarly Journal
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