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  • DOE plans to conserve Lake Urmia islands ecosystem 2019-07-07 20:06

    DOE plans to conserve Lake Urmia islands ecosystem

    TEHRAN – The Department of Environment (DOE) will implement four plans on reviving the endangered ecosystem and wildlife of the Lake Urmia islands, Hamid Zohrabi, DOE deputy chief for natural environment and biodiversity directorate, announced.

  • 74,000 ha in Tehran prone to raise SDSs 2019-07-07 11:49

    74,000 ha in Tehran prone to raise SDSs

    TEHRAN – Some 74,000 hectares of southern and southwestern part of the capital are prone to give raise to sand and dust storms (SDSs), the provincial Department of Environment chief has stated.

  • Hyrcanian Forest in Iran 2019-07-06 19:42

    Precious Hyrcanian Forest loses 25,000 ha annually

    TEHRAN – Some 25,000 hectares of Hyrcanian Forest in northern Iran undergo fragmentation mostly due to land use changes for agricultural and residential purposes, wood smuggling and overgrazing, an official with the national network for environmental and natural resources organizations has said.

  • ‘Saving Zagros forests must become first priority’ 2019-07-03 19:41

    ‘Saving Zagros forests must become first priority’

    TEHRAN – Given that Zagros forests condition is worrisome being gravely threatened by wood logging, it must become the main concern of the related bodies to prevent it from disappearance, Khalil Aqaei, head of the Forests, Range, and Watershed Management Organization (FRWMO) has stated.

  • UNESCO is to assess Iran’ Hyrcanian Forest for World Heritage 2019-07-02 20:27

    UNESCO is to assess Iran’s Hyrcanian Forest for World Heritage

    TEHRAN – On June 30, the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee kicked off in Baku, Azerbaijan, to assess 36 nominees, including Iran’s Hyrcanian Forest, for possible inscription on the World Heritage list.

  • High ozone brings serious air pollution to Tehran’s summer 2019-06-29 19:19

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    High ozone brings serious air pollution to Tehran’s summer

    TEHRAN – Tehran air quality reached a level which was unhealthy for sensitive groups for about 7 days due to ozone pollutant; as the statistics show concentration of this pollutant increases in the capital mostly during summer, so, ground level ozone became the main contributor to pollution in the capital’s hot seasons.

  • Bikes to hold 3.5% share in Tehran transportation 2019-06-29 18:36

    Bikes to hold 3.5% share in Tehran transportation

    TEHRAN – Bikes will carry out 3.5 percent of the capital’s total transportation, as the national document on bike transport development has proposed, deputy mayor for traffic and transport affairs at Tehran Municipality has stated.

  • Shadegan wetland water level rises after heavy rain 2019-06-26 19:32

    Shadegan wetland water level rises after heavy rain

    TEHRAN – Shadegan wetland fully filled after heavy rainfall poured over the province of Khuzestan during spring, Ahmad Lahijanzadeh, head of marine environment affairs at the DOE has said.

  • Marine species population increased in protected areas 2019-06-25 21:16

    Marine species population increased in protected areas

    TEHRAN – According to the annual census, the population of marine species in habitats under the Department of Environment (DOE) supervision has increased, Ahmad Lahijanzadeh, head of marine environment affairs at the DOE has said.

  • ‘Efforts being made to save Persian lion from extinction’ 2019-06-25 10:48

    ‘Efforts being made to save Persian lion from extinction’

    TEHRAN – Tehran Zoological Garden has developed plans for reproduction of endangered Asiatic lion, and the lion couple have been sent to the zoo for its great efforts to meet the defined standards, a veterinarian at Tehran’s Eram Zoo has said.

  • First green school being built in Tehran 2019-06-24 22:47

    First green school being built in Tehran

    TEHRAN – The first green school in Iran is being built in the capital city of Tehran in line with the goal of environmental sustainability, Ali Shahri, director general of the organization for renovation, development and equipment of Tehran schools has stated.

  • Air pollution responsible for 4,000 deaths annually in Tehran 2019-06-23 18:37

    Air pollution responsible for over 4,000 deaths annually in Tehran

    TEHRAN – Some 4,000 to 5,000 of people residing in the country’s capital lose their lives per year due to air pollution, according to statistics published by the ministry of health.

  • 2 billion tons of soil erodes annually in Iran: expert 2019-06-22 20:57

    2 billion tons of soil erodes annually in Iran: expert

    TEHRAN – Iran loses 2 billion tons of soil per year as a result of land use changes, rainfed agriculture, and overgrazing, Hossein Akhani, environmental and botanical expert has announced.

  • Robust and coordinated action needed to save Asia-Pacific’s forests: new FAO report 2019-06-19 20:23

    Robust and coordinated action needed to save Asia-Pacific’s forests: new FAO report

    Highlighting the ongoing decline of biodiversity and resilience in natural forests in the Asia-Pacific region, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in its newest comprehensive report regarding the future of forest in Asia-Pacific region has asked country members to take firm measures to reverse this trend. 

  • Half of corals survived bleaching in Chabahar Port 2019-06-19 20:22

    Half of corals survived bleaching in Chabahar Port

    TEHRAN — Based on the latest field operation carried out by Chabahar Oceanography Center in southeastern Chabahar Port, half of the coals which have turned completely white survived the bleaching event, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday. 

  • Interior Ministry, Sharif University, Traffic Police, Cycling Federation to promote clean transportation  2019-06-19 20:21

    Interior Ministry, Sharif University, Traffic Police, Cycling Federation to promote clean transportation 

    TEHRAN — The Municipalities and Village Administrators Organization, affiliated to the Ministry of Interior, along with Traffic Police, Sharif University of Technology, and Cycling Federation of Iran have agreed to cooperate on promoting clean transportation, IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

  • Tehran mayor calls on universities to cooperate on proper waste management 2019-06-19 17:58

    Tech solutions for waste management in Iran

    TEHRAN – Waste segregation and management in Iran, especially in big cities, has been a challenge for years.

  • Alborz province sinks 29cm: NCC warns 2019-06-19 17:55

    Alborz province sinks 29cm annually, NCC warns

    TEHRAN – Iran’s National Cartographic Center (NCC) has warned that northcentral Alborz province, adjacent to Tehran, is suffering from land subsidence by an annual rate of 29 centimeters, which must be tackled before incurring great loss, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

  • Iran becoming more vulnerable to desertification 2019-06-19 12:24

    Iran becoming more vulnerable to desertification

    TEHRAN — Desertification and land degradation are seriously threatening our planet and lives of millions of people accordingly. 

  • System to be set up for monitoring, forecasting agricultural drought 2019-06-18 20:59

    System to be set up for monitoring, forecasting agricultural drought

    TEHRAN – A system will be launched to monitor, forecast and report the agricultural lands being hit by drought, Amir Qaderi, an official with Disaster Management Organization has announced.

  • National program for leopard conservation to be implemented 2019-06-18 20:29

    National program for leopard conservation to be implemented

    TEHRAN – A national leopard conservation plan which was developed some four years ago, will be implemented in the country by the Department of Environment (DOE), Arezoo Sane’ei, director for Asian Leopard Specialist Society has said.

  • Is inter-basin water transfer a remedy to quench dry lands?  2019/06/18

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou 

    Is inter-basin water transfer a remedy to quench dry lands? 

    TEHRAN —Inter-basin water transfer or trans-basin diversion -man-made conveyance schemes which move water from one basin where it is available, to another basin where water is less available- is frequently referred to as an option to alleviate water scarcity in arid provinces of the country.

  • Kundhavi Kadiresan 2019-06-18 09:41

    By Kundhavi Kadiresan

    By 2050, what if we can’t see the forests or the trees?  

    Most of us are familiar with the old saying that sometimes we ‘can’t see the forest for the trees.’ But what if I told you, at our present rate of exploitation of our forests and depletion of our natural resources in Asia and the Pacific, that we run the risk of not seeing the forests OR the trees by the middle of this century?

  • today photos 2019-06-17 11:56

    ‘Too soon to decide cheetah kept in captivity is pregnant or not’

    TEHRAN – Female Asiatic cheetah, Delbar, kept in captivity, undergone artificial insemination at Pardisan Park in Tehran earlier this year (starting on March 21), and may be pregnant but it is still too soon to determine, Majid Kharrazian-Moqaddam, director of the wildlife conservation and management at the Department of Environment has said.

  • today photos 2019-06-15 21:42

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Human-animal interactions: Hospitable locals play host to storks for ages in Iran

    TEHRAN – Iranian hospitability never failed to bring back the storks from their wintering grounds; oddly enough erecting nesting sites endlessly on their roofs remained favorable to the birds, showing that the relationship between them is peculiarly an intimate one.

  • Wildfire risk increases in Zagros foothills 2019-06-12 21:10

    Wildfire risk increases in Zagros foothills

    TEHRAN – Following heavy rainfall doused the country during the past months, vegetation has covered vast areas of Zagros forest in southwestern part of the country, which easily ignites when temperature level gets higher and wildfire risk increases.

  • 40,000 flood-stricken families received appliance packages 2019-06-12 09:42

    40,000 flood-stricken families received appliance packages

    TEHRAN – Iran Red Crescent Society (IRCS) volunteer organization provided some 40,000 packages consisting of household appliances to the families affected by flood, head of IRCS volunteer organization Mohammad Nasiri has stated.

  • 170 birds, animals released back to wild 2019-06-11 19:53

    170 birds, animals released back to wild

    TEHRAN – On the occasion of national environment week, some 170 animals and birds of 15 species have been released back to the wild, Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

  • Guardian Council ratifies bill on soil conservation 2019-06-11 19:47

    Guardian Council ratifies bill on soil conservation

    TEHRAN – The Guardian Council ratified the bill on soil conservation which has been passed by the Majlis (Iranian Parliament) earlier in February, Masoumeh Hosseinpour, director general of department for parliamentary and legal affairs at the Department of Environment (DOE) has announced.

  • Clunker, diesel cars elimination, gasoline vapor cut effective solutions to curb ozone pollution 2019-06-11 19:42

    Clunker, diesel cars elimination, gasoline vapor cut effective solutions to curb ozone pollution

    TEHRAN – Due to an increased concern about the influence of ozone emissions on human health and on the capital’s air quality, notably gasoline vapor emissions at petrol stations must be reduced, clunker cars should be scrapped and diesel vehicles also have to be discarded, Tehran Air Quality Control Company caretaker said.