• Tilapia farm in Ecuador (Photo by Aaron McNevin / WWF) 2018-02-05 09:49

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Possible environmental damages of tilapia farming

    The environmentalists’ concerns for tilapia farming is nothing new as the topic is being debated over the past few decades across the globe. However, the recent controversial decisions made regarding farming and importing tilapia in and to Iran has turned it into hot topic in Iran’s environmental circles.

  • Sand and dust storm in Ahwaz 2018/01/27

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    SDS hotspots in Ahwaz 5 times larger than Tehran

    Geological researches demonstrate that the hotspots for sand and dust storms (SDS) developed around the city of Ahwaz, in the southwestern Khuzestan Province, cover more than 350,000 hectares of land, 5 times bigger than Tehran urban area.

  • Photo depicts some migratory birds particularly at Sorkhrud wetland on January 7, 2018. (Credit: Mehdi Mohebipour/Mizan Online) 2018-01-25 13:24

    Sorkhrud wetland, a refuge for migratory birds

    TEHRAN - Flocks of migratory birds particularly geese have taken refuge at Sorkhrud wetland in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran.

  • Lake Urmia 2017-12-16 10:22

    BY Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Budget deficiency is holding back Lake Urmia complete restoration

    TEHRAN —Lake Urmia, once called a symbol of Azari identity, dubbing it “the turquoise solitaire of Azerbaijan”, is on the road to ruin and the officials blame it on budget constraint.

  • Nasir Ahmad Nour 2017-10-31 20:36

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Afghanistan, Iran join hands to preserve the Hamouns: envoy

    TEHRAN — A festering disagreement over allocation of water from Helmand River is threatening Iran and Afghanistan relationship as both neighboring countries are suffering from drought, climate change, sand and dust storms and the lack of proper water management.

  • Gary Lewis (L) and Isa Kalantari 2017-10-03 20:13

    Iran, UN underline need for increased environmental co-op

    TEHRAN — The UN resident coordinator and UNDP representative in Iran met with the chief of Iran’s Department of Environment, emphasizing the importance of greater environmental cooperation between Iran and the United Nations.

  • Shadegan International Wetland 2017-05-29 19:59

    Iranians launch campaign to prevent Turkey to dry up wetland

    TEHRAN – Some 5,000 Iranians have signed a petition that has been sent to UN chief Antonio Guterres, calling on Turkey to stop building dams which dry up the Tigris river in Iraq and consequently Hoor al-Azim wetland in southwestern Iran.

  • Miqan Wetland in Arak 2017-05-28 17:02

    Wetlands restoration law declared

    TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani has declared the wetlands restoration law, passed by the Majlis (the Iranian parliament) on April 19, the Department of Environment official website reported on Sunday.

  • Ramsar Mayor Nosratollah Kouzehgar (L) and Suncheon Mayor Cho Choong-hoon 2017-05-08 08:34

    Iran, S. Korea bolster co-op in sustainable development, wetland conservation

    TEHRAN — Ramsar Mayor Nosratollah Kouzehgar and Suncheon Mayor Cho Choong-hoon inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance cooperation in sustainable development and conservation of wetlands, the Department of Environment official website reported on Saturday.

  • Steel wetland, Astara, Gilan province 2017-04-24 16:00

    Majlis passes general outlines of ‘wetlands restoration bill’

    TEHRAN — Majlis (the Iranian parliament) passed the general outlines of the wetlands restoration bill on Wednesday.

  • wetland 2017-02-06 09:56

    By Farnaz Heidari

    When we can say a wetland is dead?

    Wetlands include salt marshes, swamps, bogs, prairie potholes and vernal pools (shallow depressions that hold water at certain times of the year). Their common feature is that they are saturated with water seasonally and therefore have a particular type of vegetation and soil.

  • Sandstorm in Khuzestan 2017-01-31 18:05

    Rouhani tasks agriculture, foreign ministries to fight duststorm

    TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani has tasked agriculture and foreign ministries with taking measures to fight duststorm ravaging the southwestern province of Khuzestan, the chief of the Department of Environment has said.

  • Shadegan International Wetlands, Khuzestan Province, are a series of Ramsar wetlands. The ponds and surrounding marshes are fed by the Karun River and are connected to the Persian Gulf. 2017-01-29 18:25

    Iran to mark World’s Wetland Day in duststorm-stricken Khuzestan

    TEHRAN — Iran will mark World’s Wetland Day, February 2, in the proximity of Hour-al-Azim and Shadegan wetlands, southwestern province of Khuzestan battered by ferocious sandstorms year-round.

  • deforestation 2017-01-14 17:10

    Administration assigned by new environmental protection laws

    TEHRAN — Iran’s parliament (Majlis) on Thursday approved bills, mandating the administration to ensure the implementation of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA).