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  • Travelers pose for a photo with a picturesque landscape of Iran’s Kurdistan province in the background. Today 19:36

    Biological diversity vast potential for tourism thrive, job creation: expert

    TEHRAN – Iran’s considerable wealth of biological diversity and changing landscapes provide local communities with high potentials for creating jobs through attracting more travelers, an expert affiliated with the Department of Environment says.

  • whiteflies Today 09:10

    Silverleaf whiteflies, unwelcome guests to the capital

    TEHRAN — It is boiling hot, you are desperate to get to the bus or subway station trying to evade the scorching sunlight while you should be maddeningly careful not to swallow or inhale the whiteflies flying in almost every direction around you.

  • wildlife conservation 2017/05/21

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Canine distemper virus wildlife mortal enemy

    Diseases are parts of life, but in a well-balanced ecosystem virulent epidemics are rare. Disease can even be beneficial to a population, weeding out old or weak animals. Problems occur when a population of animals is exposed to a new disease to which it has not had a chance to build up natural immunity.

  • dust Yesterday 09:30

    Dust storms hit Iran’s western provinces

    TEHRAN - Heavy dust storms hit the western and southwestern provinces of Iran, namely Kurdistan, Kermanshah, Ilam, Lorestan, Khuzestan, and Bushehr on Saturday.

  • ICCROM Director-General Stefano De Caro (L) talks to Iran’s tourism chief Zahra Ahmadipour in Tehran, May 3, 2017. Yesterday 09:30

    Iran strengthens commitment to cultural heritage, ICCROM says

    TEHRAN – Iran reaffirms deeper commitment to preserving its cultural heritage as the country extends restorations projects to beyond its borderlines, the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) announced on its website on May 18.

  • tehran Yesterday 09:29

    Tehran records hottest day on Saturday

    TEHRAN -- As the mercury touched 35, Tehran experienced the hottest day since the beginning of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20).

  • Lorestan newt Yesterday 09:26

    Salamander habitats monitoring schemes get underway

    TEHRAN — Iran has recently started implementing schemes with the aim of monitoring salamander habitats nationwide, IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

  • Handmade jewelry crafted by Iranian Turkmen nomads 2017-05-20 20:12

    Tehran exhibit features handmade Turkmen jewelry

    TEHRAN – An exhibition of exquisite jewelry crafted by Iranian Turkmen nomads opened to the public at the Niavaran Cultural-Historical Complex in northern Tehran on May 18, which marks the International Museum Day.

  • An undated picture released by Fars news agency shows a clergyman offering cookies to foreign travelers in the 17th-centuy Imam Mosque of Isfahan. 2017-05-20 17:04

    Iran lures more travelers from Spain

    TEHRAN – The visit of Spaniards to Iran has raised by more than double over the past four years, an official with the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts organization says.

  • A man fills his sacks with damask roses he picks on the outskirts of Kashan May 3, 2017. 2017-05-17 19:52

    Rosewater festivals take center stage in central Iran

    TEHRAN - Each spring rosewater distillation ceremonies, known as Golab-giri, take center stage in central Iran, drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the city of Kashan and its neighboring towns and villages from early May to mid-June.

  • An exterior view of the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran 2017-05-17 19:28

    Tehran exhibit features rarely-seen historical relics

    TEHRAN – The National Museum of Iran has put on show a rarely-seen collection of its treasure trove in a month-long exhibit that opened to the public on Wednesday.

  • occupational fatalities 2017-05-17 19:28

    Deaths on the job increase 10% yr/yr

    TEHRAN – Workplace deaths in Iran increased by 10 percent in the past Iranian calendar year 1395 (ended on March 20), the Forensic Medicine Organization announced.

  • nature school 2017-05-17 19:28

    Iran’s nature schools create 500 jobs: official

    TEHRAN – Nature schools across Iran have created about 500 jobs, Masoumeh Ebtekar, the chief of the department of environment announced on Tuesday, IRIB reported.

  • An undated photo shows foreign travelers at Tavasolian eco-lodge in Natanz, Ishafan province 2017-05-17 18:06

    Tourism body pushes for quality as eco-lodges thriving across Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization is stepping up efforts to improve the quality of countrywide eco-lodges that have been on the rise over the past couple of years.

  • Hassan Rouhani talks with commuters in a subway in Tehran to encourage people to use public transport to control air pollution 2017/05/17

    By Ali Mirchi and Kaveh Madani

    Will Iran's next president care enough to put the environment first?

    Four years ago one of the candidates in Iran’s presidential election made himself popular by promising to save Lake Urmia, one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes that was on the cusp of disappearing. Now, President Hassan Rouhani proudly recounts that promise, citing Urmia’s current state as an environmental success story made possible by prudent decision-making. Recent intense rainfalls and subsequent floods have come to Rouhani’s help, earning Urmia a spot on the catalogue of the accomplishments of his administration.

  • Seyed Mahdi Mirghazanfari 2017-05-17 08:31

    By Seyed Mahdi Mirghazanfari, MD, PhD

    Temperaments determine your lifestyle

    The Iranian-Islamic traditional medicine emphatically gives prominence to each individual’s temperament - or to use the Persian equivalent ‘Mizaj’- as a determining and key factor in deciding one’s lifestyle.

  • stone hunting 2017-05-17 08:30

    Colorful Iran: Stone hunting in Gilan

    Stone hunting is a ritual in the northern province of Gilan to make the water flow in shallow rivers.

  • left to say 2017-05-17 08:29

    LEFT TO SAY: To the man with harmonica at subway station exit

    Dear Sir, Just imagine a day when you are on the subway’s escalator to reach the street to go to your office and suddenly you hear an ear-catching sound of harmonica. Great! The sound lightens your mood for a working day!

  • cooking 2017-05-16 19:10

    By Setareh Behroozi

    From Garlic to Onion: All about Iranian-style cooking

    Undoubtedly, the Iranian-style cooking and Persian cuisine is one of the attractions for those who visit Iran.

  • Iran to host 2017 ICOM-ASPAC Conference in autumn 2017-05-16 09:09

    Iran to host 2017 ICOM-ASPAC Conference in autumn

    TEHRAN – The upcoming edition of the ICOM-ASPAC Conference and General Assembly will be held in autumn in Chabahar, a port city in southeast Iran.

  • trade 2017-05-16 09:08

    Iranian businesswomen participate in Pakistan intl. business summit

    TEHRAN – Two businesswomen, Maryam Soltani and Zahra Galij, represented Iran at the First International Women Business Summit-2017 which was held in Pakistan on May 12-13.

  • People visit a majestic capital of a column from Persepolis, the ceremonial capital city of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BC), at the National Museum of Iran. 2017-05-16 09:07

    Iranian museums to offer free admission on May 18

    TEHRAN – Entry will be free to countrywide museums on May 18, which marks the International Museum Day.

  • CHTHO Deputy Director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian in an undated photo 2017-05-15 20:58

    Iran allots $2.4m to restore overseas cultural heritage sites

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization has allocated 90 billion rials (around $2.4 million) to conserve some of its cultural heritage sites that are scattered across the globe.

  • Sunny, a seven-story cruise ship, makes its maiden voyage from Kish to Qeshm, two resort islands in the Persian Gulf, May 14, 2017. 2017-05-15 18:18

    Southern coasts to tap Iran maritime tourism potential

    TEHRAN – Iran aims to take advantage of southern coasts to make the best use of its maritime tourism potential by means of developing hospitality infrastructures, diversifying sea routes, and drawing private sector investors.

  • Kermanshah, a cradle of civilization 2017-05-15 15:49

    Kermanshah, a cradle of civilization

    A photo collection depicts several natural landscapes, historical places, tourism attractions and museums that are scattered across Kermanshah and its surroundings in western Iran, May 12, 2017. The city is a cradle of civilization due to its antiquity, rich culture and Neolithic sites that yielded rich collections of stone tools and fossil bones. Proximity to the Achaemanid and Sassanid bas-relief carvings of Bisotun and Taq-e-Bustan is amongst other tourist drawcards for the city.Tehran Times/ Leila Qodrat-Elahifard

  • Iran inaugurates 46th nature school 2017-05-15 09:22

    Iran inaugurates 46th nature school

    TEHRAN — The 46th nature school across Iran was inaugurated in the city of Sanandaj, western province of Kordestan, on Saturday.

  • ranger 2017-05-15 09:22

    Dept. of Environment seeking legal immunity for rangers

    TEHRAN — Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) is seeking immunity from criminal prosecution for rangers within the framework of a bill proposed to the cabinet in January.

  • Termeh, a wolf kept in captivity in Pardisan park 2017/05/15

    By Farnaz Heidari

    Wolves’ precarious future in Iran

    Over the last two weeks, two children from Zanjan Province were attacked by wolves. On 13 May one of these wolves was shot dead. This is the sad story of wolves in Iran. Wherever wolves come into contact with people, the animals are regarded as dangerous pests who will- given the chance- kill people and livestock. They are poisoned, trapped and shot not only for their conviction, but also for human fear.

  • شرایط سخت مردم روستاهای زلزله زده بجنورد 2017-05-14 18:58

    Magnitude 5.7 quake leaves 2 dead, 400 injured

    TEHRAN – A 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook the northeastern province of North Khorasan on Saturday night claimed two lives and left more than 400 injured.

  • earthquake 2017-05-14 09:52

    2 dead, hundreds injured in northeastern Iran quake

    TEHRAN - Two people were killed and more than 370 injured in a 5.7-magnitude earthquake that hit the northeastern province of North Khorasan on Saturday night.