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  • Jamshid Mohabbat Khani, commander of the protection unit of the Department of Environment 2020-06-30 19:08

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Department of Environment’s protection unit has made notable achievements: commander

    TEHRAN – Jamshid Mohabbat Khani, commander of the protection unit of the Department of Environment (DOE), elaborated on achievements of the protection unit and the environmental defenders in a press conference held on Tuesday.

  • Iran’s Hara forests, a key biosphere and protected wetland 2020-06-28 18:07

    Iran’s Hara forests, a key biosphere and protected wetland

    TEHRAN – The Hara forests, covering an area of 27,310 hectares in southern Iran, is a key biodiversity site due to its remarkable Avicennia mangrove ecosystem.

  • Technology comes to help Asiatic cheetah protection in Iran 2020-06-28 16:20

    Technology comes to help Asiatic cheetah protection in Iran

    TEHRAN – Asiatic cheetahs’ habitats in the country will be equipped with satellite surveillance cameras to be constantly monitored online so that protection will increase, IRNA reported.

  • Drought may reverse Lake Urmia’s revival in coming years: experts 2020-06-27 18:34

    Drought may reverse Lake Urmia’s revival in coming years: experts

    TEHRAN – Two Iranian scientists have warned that Lake Urmia’s revival trend may probably reverse over the coming years due to drought spells, though the lake has been filled mostly by the above-normal rainfall since the past crop year (September 23, 2019).

  • Reviving Lake Urmia hosting large flocks of flamingos 2020-06-26 16:44

    Reviving Lake Urmia hosting large flocks of flamingos

    TEHRAN – Large flocks of flamingos are returning to Lake Urmia as the lake is being revived after years of dryness, ISNA reported on Thursday.

  • Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project finalized 2020-06-21 18:14

    Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project finalized

    TEHRAN – The third phase of the Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project, which outlines key strategies for the next five years, was approved as a document of joint cooperation between Iran and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

  • Endangered red deer population expands in northeastern Iran 2020-06-19 18:31

    Endangered red deer population expands in northeastern Iran

    TEHRAN – While the Caspian red deer population in Iran has declined by over 80 percent during the past 4 decades, the species population once again reached up to 500 in northeastern Golestan National Park due to suitable climatic conditions and environmental enthusiasts, the Park’s director has said.

  • Naybandan Wildlife Refuge 2020-06-15 17:18

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Naybandan Wildlife Refuge: meet Iran’s largest remarkable sanctuary

    TEHRAN – Naybandan Wildlife Refuge located in the eastern province of South Khorasan, with an area of 1,516,994 hectares, is the largest wildlife sanctuary to safeguard the habitats native animals need to survive and thrive in Iran; known as the most important habitat of the Asiatic cheetah.

  • Political will required to protect Caspian Sea environment, Iran says 2020-06-10 17:48

    Political will required to protect Caspian Sea environment, Iran says

    TEHRAN – The Caspian Sea littoral states must have enough political will to preserve the marine environment and ecosystem of this waterbody, Issa Kalantari, head of the Department of Environment (DOE), has said.

  • Lake Urmia to be fully revived within 7 years 2020-06-08 18:00

    Lake Urmia to be fully revived within 7 years

    TEHRAN – With the complete implementation of two water transfer projects, Lake Urmia will be completely restored by the Iranian calendar year 1406 (March 2027-March 2028), the Department of Environment (DOE) chief has announced.

  • Protected areas to be added by 1m ha 2020-06-07 23:14

    Protected areas to be added by 1m ha

    TEHRAN – One million hectares of natural lands will be added to the country’s protected areas by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 2021), deputy chief of the Department of Environment (DOE) for natural resources and biodiversity has stated.

  • Iran ranks higher in environmental performance 2020-06-07 23:13

    Iran ranks higher in environmental performance

    TEHRAN – Iran has improved 13 spots in the 2020 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), moving up to 67th place as compared to 80th two years ago.

  • Wildfire arsonists to face at least 10 years of imprisonment 2020-06-07 21:47

    Wildfire arsonists to face at least 10 years of imprisonment

    TEHRAN – People who deliberately set fire to forests and pastures are sentenced to at least 10 years in prison, Reza Aflatooni, the deputy director of the Forests, Rangelands and Watershed Management Organization for legal affairs, has announced.

  • Persian fallow deer breeding site operating in northern Iran 2020-06-06 17:44

    Persian fallow deer breeding site operating in northern Iran

    TEHRAN – A breeding site in the northern province of Mazandaran is host to 53 endangered Persian fallow deer, IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

  • Govt. earmarks $3.5m to extinguish wildfire in southwest 2020-05-30 17:30

    Govt. earmarks $3.5m to extinguish wildfire in southwest

    TEHRAN – The Planning and Budget Organization approved 150 billion rials (nearly $3.5 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) for the provision of equipment and flight services to extinguish a wildfire in southwestern provinces.

  • Caspian Sea water level sinks to lowest in 25 years 2020-05-20 18:08

    Caspian Sea water level sinks to lowest in 25 years

    TEHRAN – The Caspian Sea water level has reached its lowest level since 1995, mainly because of a recent drop in the water level of the Volga River, which supplies most of the sea’s water, by about 22 percent.

  • ملخ 2020-05-17 18:06

    Military to help battle locusts in Iran

    TEHRAN - The Iranian agriculture ministry has called on the military to help fight locusts that have invaded the south of the country, threatening to destroy crops.

  • Hunting ban extended in northern forests for 5 years 2020-05-16 15:49

    Hunting ban extended in northern forests for 5 years

    TEHRAN – The ban on hunting in all areas and forest lands of the northern provinces of the country has been extended for another five years, head of Golestan province’s department of environment has said.

  • Allah-Abad wetland hosting 30 bird species once again 2020-05-12 17:53

    Allah-Abad wetland hosting 30 bird species once again

    TEHRAN – Currently, 30 species of birds that migrate from Siberia to Africa landed in the Allah-Abad wetland in central Qazvin province, head of the provincial department of environment has stated.

  • Over $1b spent so far to revitalize Lake Urmia 2020-05-04 19:27

    Over $1b spent so far to revitalize Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – Since the beginning of the Lake Urmia Restoration Program in October 2013, a total of 4.6 trillion rials (more than $1 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been spent, Masoud Tajrishi, director of the planning office of the Lake Urmia Restoration Program, has announced.

  • Some $4.7m allotted to counter desert locust outbreak 2020-05-01 16:39

    Some $4.7m allotted to counter desert locust outbreak

    TEHRAN – A total budget of 200 billion rials (nearly $4.7 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been allocated to fight desert locust swarms in southern parts of the country, head of Disaster Management Organization, has stated.

  • Gavkhuni wetland displays colorful return of flamingos 2020-04-26 16:55

    Gavkhuni wetland displays colorful return of flamingos

    TEHRAN – Gavkhuni wetland in the central province of Isfahan, which was replenished last year, is hosting hundreds of flamingos for the second year after years of dryness, IRNA reported on Sunday.

  • World Earth Day: online seminar to convene global climate change experts 2020-04-20 22:00

    World Earth Day: online seminar to convene global climate change experts

    TEHRAN – The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, affiliated to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), will host international environment experts in an online seminar on April 21-23.

  • Lake Urmia in best condition over past decade 2020-04-20 19:36

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Lake Urmia in best condition over past decade

    TEHRAN – About 10 years ago, Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, began its gradual death. Photos of the country's largest saltwater lake were going viral those days, worrying every Iranian. But the lake is now experiencing its best condition over the past decade, turning back to the former glory.

  • Photo depicts an Achaemenid-era capital on show at the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran. 2020-04-04 19:50

    ICOM calls for urgent relief funds to tackle impact of coronavirus

    TEHRAN – The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has called on policy and decision-makers to urgently allocate relief funds to tackle the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on museums and their staff as an essential part of the identity of the peoples and nations.

  • Lake Urmia level rises by half a meter year on year 2020-04-04 18:26

    Lake Urmia level rises by half a meter year on year

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia water level has increased by 50 centimeters compared to the same time last year, Farhad Sarkhosh, head of the Lake Urmia Restoration Program’s office in West Azarbaijan province, has announced.

  • Mitigating potential flood-induced human-crocodile conflicts in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province 2020-04-04 18:24

    By Jamshid Parchizadeh and Jerrold L. Belant

    Mitigating potential flood-induced human-crocodile conflicts in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province

    The Vulnerable mugger crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) is native to southeastern Iran where about 350 individuals occur in the Bahukalat Protected Area in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

  • Iran, UNDP sign MOU to revive Hamoun wetland 2020-04-04 18:23

    Iran, UNDP sign MOU to revive Hamoun wetland

    TEHRAN – The Department of Environment and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to carry out a joint project for the revival of Hamoun wetland, director of Iran’s wetlands protection project has announced.

  • Hundreds of natural resource projects to come on stream 2020-03-04 21:04

    Hundreds of natural resource projects to come on stream

    TEHRAN – Some 863 natural resource conservation projects will be inaugurated during National Week of Natural Resources on March 6-13, Khosro Shahbazi, head of the Forests, Range, and Watershed Management Organization (FRWMO), has said.

  • Eskandar Firouz, father of Iran’s environment protection, dies at 93 2020-03-04 21:02

    Eskandar Firouz, father of Iran’s environment protection, dies at 93

    TEHRAN – Eskandar Firouz, founder and first head of Department of Environment (DOE) in Iran, passed away at the age of 93.