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  • Special budget allocated to protect biosphere reserves 2021-01-12 17:53

    Special budget allocated to protect biosphere reserves

    TEHRAN – Two biosphere reserves, namely Golestan and Dena, will receive special funds in the national budget bill for the next calendar year (starting on March 20), IRNA reported on Tuesday.

  • Khuzestan, Iran’s unique haven for birds 2021-01-10 17:27

    Khuzestan, Iran’s unique haven for birds

    TEHRAN – The southwestern province of Khuzestan is the most diverse region in terms of different bird species, its unique and pleasant climate, as well as rich natural habitats have turned this province into a paradise for rare and endangered species of birds.

  • Document on protection of felines inhibiting with cheetahs approved 2021-01-09 17:34

    Document on protection of felines inhibiting with cheetahs approved

    TEHRAN – A national document on protection of felines inhibiting with cheetahs has been adopted in seven provinces of the country, IRNA reported on Saturday.

  • Shadegan wetland home to wintering migratory birds 2021-01-09 17:33

    Shadegan wetland home to wintering migratory birds

    TEHRAN – Shadegan wetland in the southwestern province of Khuzestan is now hosting flocks of migratory birds that came to spend the winter, IRIB reported on Saturday.

  • Jungle cat observed for first time in northwestern Iran 2021-01-08 17:47

    Jungle cat observed for first time in northwestern Iran

    TEHRAN – After many years, for the first time, a jungle cat was observed in Assadabad plain located in northwestern Hamedan city, Mehdi Safikhani, deputy head of Hamedan department of environment has announced.

  • Jazmourian wetland hosting flocks of migratory birds 2021-01-06 17:10

    Jazmourian wetland hosting flocks of migratory birds

    TEHRAN – Flocks of migratory birds, including flamingos, came to winter in Jazmourian wetland in southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, despite parts of the wetland has been dried up.

  • TEHRAN – A dam for transferring water to Lake Urmia will be inaugurated on Thursday, aiming to flow about 600 million cubic meters of water into the lake annually, another step to implement the lake’s 2020-12-30 18:19

    Lake Urmia one step closer to revitalization

    TEHRAN – A dam for transferring water to Lake Urmia will be inaugurated on Thursday, aiming to flow about 600 million cubic meters of water into the lake annually, another step to implement the lake’s restoration plan which started six years ago.

  • Lake Urmia’s surface area doubled in 6 years 2020-12-27 19:37

    Lake Urmia’s surface area doubled in 6 years

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia’s surface area, has reached 2,785 square kilometers, indicating more than 100 percent rise compared to the lowest volume recorded in the Iranian calendar year 1393 (March 2014-March 2015).

  • ‘Heroes of wetland protection’ to be introduced, honored 2020-12-20 22:09

    ‘Heroes of wetland protection’ to be introduced, honored

    TEHRAN – On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, rangers who are making efforts toward protecting wetlands across the country will be praised.

  • Gandoman wetland hosting 30,000 migratory birds 2020-12-19 17:26

    Gandoman wetland hosting 30,000 migratory birds

    TEHRAN – Over 30,000 migratory birds have come from their habitats in Central Asian countries and Siberia to winter in Gandoman wetland, southwestern Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province.

  • Northern forests save 3.6bcm of water annually in Iran 2020-12-18 20:09

    Northern forests save 3.6bcm of water annually in Iran

    TEHRAN – The forests of northern Iran save 3.6 billion cubic meters of water annually, playing an important role in preserving the aquifers.

  • Red deer population rises in Golestan National Park 2020-12-12 17:32

    Red deer population rises in Golestan National Park

    TEHRAN – The population of red deer in Golestan National Park, northern Golestan province, has increased to 612 in the current [Iranian calendar] year (began on March 20), an increase of 13 percent year on year.

  • Cities to be classified for climate change impact 2020-12-11 18:38

    Cities to be classified for climate change impact

    TEHRAN –Cities across the country are to be classified in terms of feeling the impact of climate change so that solutions will be presented for cities experiencing more changes in temperature.

  • Campaign starts to protect migratory birds in Hour al-Azim wetland 2020-12-09 22:28

    Campaign starts to protect migratory birds in Hour al-Azim wetland

    TEHRAN – The Department of Environment (DOE) has launched a campaign to protect migratory birds in the Hour al-Azim international wetland, southwestern Khuzestan province.

  • Injured wild goat gets help from vet 2020-12-06 18:34

    Injured wild goat gets help from vet

    TEHRAN – In a rare case, a wild goat in the protected area of Dimeh in Khuzestan province went to a veterinarian for treatment after breaking a horn and infection, according to the provincial department of environment (DOE).

  • Soil depletion: a neglected issue requiring urgent attention 2020-12-05 18:37

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Soil depletion: a neglected issue requiring urgent attention

    TEHRAN – Soil is one of the most vital non-renewable resources that many organisms on the planet depend on, as it ensures food security of the nations; however, the attention paid to this valuable resource is not as much as its significance.

  • Electronic protection comes to Golestan National Park  2020-12-02 22:34

    Electronic protection comes to Golestan National Park

    TEHRAN – Golestan, the oldest national park in Iran, is struggling with environmental issues such as wildfire, so the Department of Environment (DOE) with the help of the Ministry of Communications, is trying to promote electronic protection through technological advances.

  • Rich biodiversity: Iran shares five ecoregions 2020-11-23 17:54

    Rich biodiversity: Iran shares five ecoregions

    TEHRAN – Each region is defined by its characteristics that play a significant role in a land's biodiversity and richness, based on which, Iran shares five ecological zones with specific flora from the lowest to the highest parts.

  • Firefighting centers to be established in 6 provinces 2020-11-11 17:35

    Firefighting centers to be established in 6 provinces

    TEHRAN – Firefighting centers will be established over the next Iranian calendar year (starting on March 21, 2021) in six provinces of East Azarbaijan, Khuzestan, Mazandaran, Golestan, North Khorasan, and Khorasan Razavi, an official with the Department of Environment (DOE) has stated.

  • Lake Urmia revitalization budget rises by $76m 2020-11-09 18:28

    Lake Urmia revitalization budget rises by $76m

    TEHRAN – A total of 3.2 trillion rials (nearly $76 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) was allocated to continue the Lake Urmia Restoration Program in the current Iranian calendar year (ending March 20, 2021).

  • Wetlands: world’s most dynamic ecosystems 2020-11-09 18:23

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Wetlands: world’s most dynamic ecosystems

    TEHRAN – Wetlands are important features in the landscape that provide numerous beneficial services for people, aquatic species, and wildlife; so that is called the most biologically diverse and dynamic ecosystems of the world.

  • Golestan wetlands hosting first flocks of migratory birds 2020-11-04 18:06

    Golestan wetlands hosting first flocks of migratory birds

    TEHRAN – The international wetlands in northern Golestan province are playing host to the first batch of migratory birds which traveled thousands of kilometers through the cold regions of Russian Siberia to winter in the country.

  • Habitat destruction, poaching endanger Asiatic black bear 2020-10-30 16:57

    Habitat destruction, poaching endanger Asiatic black bear

    TEHRAN – The Asiatic black bear, living in southeastern Iran and known “mam” in the Baluchi language, has biological, aesthetic, scientific, and educational values, but is being pushed towards extinction due to habitat degradation and illegal poaching.

  • SDSs affect 43% of wetlands nationwide 2020-10-28 18:22

    SDSs affect 43% of wetlands nationwide

    TEHRAN –Wetlands across Iran measure about 3.4 million hectares in area, 1.4 million hectares of which, equivalent to 43 percent, have become sand and dust storm (SDS) hotspots.

  • Migratory birds embark on winter trip to northeastern Iran 2020-10-26 18:06

    Migratory birds embark on winter trip to northeastern Iran

    TEHRAN – The first group of migratory birds from Siberia landed in the wetlands of North Khorasan province to spend the winter, the head of the provincial department of environment has stated.

  • Iran-Russia environmental working group holds meeting 2020-10-18 21:00

    Iran-Russia environmental working group holds meeting

    TEHRAN – Following a previously signed memorandum of understanding between Iran and Russia, the two countries held their second meeting of the joint environmental working group through a video conference.

  • Caracal Desert: habitat of the world's fastest cat 2020-10-17 17:37

    Caracal Desert: habitat of the world's fastest cat

    TEHRAN – From mountainous areas with scattered plains and hills to deserts with palm trees and sand dunes, all form part of Bafgh's protected nature. Let's get acquainted with Caracal and its wonders, one of the most famous deserts of Iran.

  • Northwestern wetlands hosting myriads of migratory birds 2020-10-11 21:00

    Northwestern wetlands hosting myriads of migratory birds

    TEHRAN – With the onset of the cold season, wetlands in the northwestern province of Ardebil are hosting tens of thousands of migratory birds, Saeed Shahand, head of the provincial department of environment, has said.

  • Dena biosphere reserve displays natural uniqueness 2020-10-10 16:24

    Dena biosphere reserve displays natural uniqueness

    TEHRAN – Dena biosphere reserve, located in the Central Zagros Mountains of Iran, is home to a vast range of plant species and several endangered and endemic mammal species that displays nature’s inspirations.

  • Tehran to host regional meeting on SDSs 2020-10-04 16:50

    Tehran to host regional meeting on SDSs

    TEHRAN – A meeting will be held in Tehran on Monday with representatives of neighboring countries in attendance to develop a plan for dealing with sand and dust storms (SDSs) in the region.