JICA already hectic in Iran, launching numerous projects

March 6, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been already hectic in Iran, launching more than 14 important projects in various parts of the country since 2014, most of which are in progress now.

High on the agenda of the agency’s office in Iran are environmental issues.
For instance, JICA, in close collaboration with the Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization (TDMMO), ran a capacity building program in Tehran, seeking to reduce earthquake risks and promote disaster management from 2012 to 2015.
Another key mission of JICA is its collaboration with the Municipality of Tehran to address air pollution in the metropolis over a five-year period, starting from 2015. A main objective of the plan is to enhance the city’s capacity to make air healthier to breathe in.
A highlight in JICA’s resume in Iran is the second phase of the Anzali Wetland ecological management project (2014-2019). This is of great importance as the site is grappling with a number of serious challenges, including soil sedimentation and water pollution.
JICA has also been running a comprehensive environmental program for the Iranian workforce through development of E-learning contents from 2015 through 2016 in Kermanshah.
Given the ecological and biological importance of forests, JICA has launched a participatory forest and rangeland management project in the southwestern province of Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari from 2010 through 2016.
Moreover, Lake Urmia, which has been drying up, has benefited from the technical assistance of JICA in the form of a data collection survey with the aim of investigating the hydrological details of the lake. The project is on target to study this dimension of the site over a time expansion of three years from 2014 to 2016.
Among other key schemes of JICA in Iran are the participatory water management system in Golestan province (2015-2016), the drafting of a master plan for clean energies in Tehran (2015-2019), the development of a roadmap for environmental conservation and management in southern coastal areas (2015-2019), and an investigation into long-term water as well as environment policy making in Tehran over a three years period, beginning from 2014, the implementation of a pilot project to bring ESCOs (Energy Service Corporation) into closer ties with the construction industry of Tehran with governmental buildings as a first priority, and finally, a community-based sustainable development master plan for Qeshm Island to turn it into an eco-island
Since its establishment in 1974, JICA has offered a wide range of technical assistance in over 150 locations across the world. JICA’s office in Iran has shown strong commitment to cooperation in the fields of environmental cooperation, disaster prevention and risk reduction, reduction of the gap between urban and local communities, water resources management, and finally enhancement of domestic industries.