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  • Rare Asiatic cheetah sighted in north central Iran 2019-05-31 12:31

    Rare Asiatic cheetah sighted in north-central Iran

    TEHRAN – An Asiatic cheetah has been caught on cameras near a watering trough at Khar Turan National Park of Shahroud county located in north-central province of Semnan, YJC reported on Wednesday.

  • Why DOE consents to construction of dam on Anzali wetland? 2019-05-28 22:18

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Why DOE consents to construction of dam on Anzali wetland?

    TEHRAN – While the Department of Environment (DOE) has issued a construction license for Lask dam on Anzali wetland, counting its advantages, some are still expressing worries: what are the unpredictable effects of building the dam on the region’s ecosystem and are the DOE’s reasons convincing?

  • Ovine rinderpest kills red deer in northern Iran 2019-05-25 21:23

    Ovine rinderpest kills red deer in northern Iran

    TEHRAN — Some 6 red deer lost their lives due to an outbreak of ovine rinderpest, a contagious disease of cattle, sheep, and goats, in Talesh county located in northern Gilan province, ISNA reported on Friday.

  • Camera traps pictured Asiatic cheetah, Persian leopards in north central Iran 2019-05-25 20:05

    Camera traps picture Asiatic cheetah, Persian leopards in Semnan

    TEHRAN – An Asiatic cheetah and three Persian leopards have been observed through camera traps in Shahrood county in north central Semnan province, Amir Abdous, the provincial department of environment chief, has announced.

  • 7 Persian fallow deer born in wildlife refuge in northern Iran 2019-05-24 20:09

    7 Persian fallow deer born in wildlife refuge in northern Iran

    TEHRAN — Since the beginning of the current year (March 21), seven Persian fallow deer have been born in Dasht-e Naz wildlife refuge in northern city of Sari, Mazandaran province, Fars news agency reported on Friday.

  • Incredible algae potentials 2019/05/24

    Dr. Mohammad Pourkazemi, Director of Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute

    Incredible algae potentials

    Maybe for some people it seems a little strange and unrealistic to use medicines and foods from algae, but these aquatic organisms have an incredible potential that will lead researchers to investigation in this area. 

  • World's intelligent hunters in a race for survival in Iran 2019-05-22 19:53

    World's intelligent hunters in a race for survival in Iran

    TEHRAN – Foxes, the intelligent hunters who avoid humans, having a limited range in Iran, are endangered due to human encroachment on their habitats and the lack of safety, said Jalil Imani, a biodiversity and ecosystems management expert.

  • Salt harvesting; a way of survival for Lake Urmia 2019-05-22 19:30

    Salt harvesting; a way of survival for Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – The results of recent studies showed that salts encrusted the Lake Urmia’s bed are required to be extracted to prevent from reduction of water level and becoming a salt flat, deputy chief of the Department of Environment (DOE), Masoud Tajrishi, has said.

  • ‘Consistent supply of water to Lake Urmia only way to save it’ 2019-05-21 12:01

    ‘Consistent supply of water to Lake Urmia only way to save it’

    TEHRAN — Consistent supply of water to Lake Urmia is the only solution to save the lake, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program in West Azarbaijan province has said.

  • Dam constriction on Anzali wetland; threats and advantages 2019-05-18 21:44

    Dam constriction on Anzali wetland; threats and advantages

    TEHRAN – With the construction project of Lasak dam on Anzali wetland getting underway many are now voicing concerns or counting advantages of building the dam on the precious ecosystem.

  • 5-year plan launched to safeguard Zagros forests 2019-05-17 20:12

    5-year plan launched to safeguard Zagros forests

    TEHRAN — A 5-year conservation plan for Zagros forests has been designed and gone into effect this year (starting on March 21), an official with Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Organization (FRWO) has said.

  • Will Iran set all-time heat records this summer? 2019-05-14 19:55

    Will Iran set all-time heat records this summer?

    TEHRAN – Following torrential rain and flooding in the country, some experts say that this summer will beat the heat records, with sweltering temperatures scattering around the country.

  • Researchers discover flat cup coral habitat in Persian Gulf 2019-05-13 21:13

    Researchers discover flat cup coral habitat in Persian Gulf

    TEHRAN — Researchers have discovered one of the main habitats of flat cup coral in the Persian Gulf, ISNA news agency reported on Monday.

  • Four bird species being eaten into extinction 2019-05-13 19:12

    ‘Four bird species on the edge of extinction’

    TEHRAN – An ornithology expert, Alireza Hashemi, has warned that four bird species are on the verge of extinction in Iran, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, and other destructive human actions.

  • Flamingos return back to Gavkhuni wetland after 2 years 2019-05-11 22:35

    Flamingos return to Gavkhuni wetland after 2 years

    TEHRAN – Flamingos landed once again in recently replenished Gavkhuni wetland in central province of Isfahan, after 2 years, the provincial department of environment deputy director has said.

  • Colorful butterflies flap wings across the capital 2019-05-11 20:15

    Colorful butterflies flap wings across the capital

    TEHRAN – Great numbers of butterflies are taking to the skies of the capital, following rainy periods, Tehran City Council member has stated.

  • Is Lake Urmia on fast track to total restoration? 2019-05-11 20:07

    Is Lake Urmia on fast track to total restoration?

    TEHRAN — Kiumars Daneshjoo, CEO of West Azarbaijan regional water company, said on Saturday that two billion cubic meters of water is released from the dams surrounding the Lake Urmia increasing the volume of water at the lake to more than 5.3 billion cubic meters.

  • World Migratory Bird Day: habitat destruction posing threats to the species 2019-05-10 22:00

    World Migratory Bird Day: habitat destruction posing threats to the species

    TEHRAN — Unsustainable development leading to habitat destruction is one of the major threats to migratory birds, Masoud Hosseini, an official with Iran’s Department of Environment has said.

  • Asiatic lion in Eram Zoo 2019-05-10 21:59

    No plans for reintroduction of Asiatic lion: DOE official

    TEHRAN — Iran’s Department of Environment (DOE) has no specific plans for reintroduction of Asiatic lion into the wild for the time being, Majid Kharrazian-Moqaddam, director of the wildlife conservation and management at the DOE, has said.

  • photos 2019-05-07 22:36

    ‘Wetland restoration budget must be spent on increasing vegetation cover’

    TEHRAN – After flood filled the dams and water resources in the country, some claimed that the budget for conservation of wetlands and reforestation must be cut, while it must be earmarked to restore vegetation cover in forests and rangelands, deputy chief for natural environment and biodiversity directorate at the Department of Environment has stated.

  • photos 2019-05-07 22:05

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Precipitation doused Iran, western provinces hit records high

    TEHRAN – Iran has experienced 40.5 percent rise in rainfall since the current water year (September 23, 2018) compared to the long-term mean with western provinces of Lorestan and Ilam setting the record for the highest rainfall levels.

  • Sistan-Baluchestan infested with desert locust 2019-05-06 21:48

    Sistan-Baluchestan infested with desert locust

    TEHRAN — According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan is infested by desert locust, director of the agriculture organization of the province has said.

  • As Lake Urmia replenishes Artemia returns to the lake 2019-05-06 21:34

    As Lake Urmia replenishes Artemia returns to the lake

    TEHRAN — After heavy rainfalls nationwide Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, sprang back into life and now Artemia, aquatic species which used to reside in the lake, returned once again.

  • Kani Barazan international wetland overflows after a decade 2019-05-05 23:13

    Kani Barazan international wetland overflows after a decade

    TEHRAN – Recent downpours made Kani Barazan international wetland full to bursting its banks which is unprecedented over the past ten years, Mahabad chief of department of environment (DOE) has stated.

  • ‘Watershed management; Iran’s only way to survive drought, severe rainfall’ 2019-05-05 23:12

    ‘Watershed management; Iran’s only way to survive drought, severe rainfall’

    TEHRAN – The only way for the country to overcome long-term droughts along with preventing floods is through comprehensive watershed management plnas, Ali Salajeqeh, University of Tehran faculty in river engineering and watershed management, has said.

  • Animal, botanic garden inaugurated in Tehran 2019-05-05 20:41

    Animal, botanic garden inaugurated in Tehran

    TEHRAN – A garden dedicated to preserve and display different endemic plants and animals have been inaugurated near Chitgar Lake, in northwestern part of Tehran, Fars news agency reported on Saturday.

  • Will recently returned Persian lion survive threats once pushed it toward extinction? 2019-05-05 08:39

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Will recently returned Persian lion survive threats once pushed it toward extinction?

    TEHRAN – Long-lost Persian lion is back to the country to conserve the rare species by reproduction, the species which once gone extinct due to excessive hunting and habitat loss, so the question arises, will the endangered species survive the threats which once pushed it through eradication?

  • Rainfall brings drought-hit southeastern Iran back to life 2019-05-03 20:00

    Rainfall brings drought-hit southeastern Iran back to life

    TEHRAN – Long battled with drought, the southeastern province of Kerman benefits from heavy rainfall which filled the province’s water resources and quenched pastures’ thirst, despite causing damages to the infrastructure and farms, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

  • Water level in dams steadily rising due to heavy rainfalls 2019-05-01 22:01

    Water level in dams steadily rising due to heavy rainfalls

    TEHRAN – The water level in dams is rising steadily following heavy rainfalls in most provinces across the country, as water behind dams has increased by 63 percent until April 30 compared to the same time last year, ISNA reported on Tuesday.

  • Charity foundation donates livestock to flood victims 2019-04-30 21:05

    Charity foundation donates livestock to flood victims

    TEHRAN — Barekat Charity Foundation, affiliated to Headquarters for Executing the Order of the Imam also known as Setad-e Ejraiy-e Farman-e Hazrat-e Emam has donated some 1,500 livestock to flood victims in the northeastern province of Golestan on Sunday.