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  • ‘Playing to learn’ scheme piloted in elementary schools 2019-02-17 09:28

    ‘Playing to learn’ scheme piloted in elementary schools

    TEHRAN – A plan dubbed “playing to learn” aiming at using educational games toward deeper learning was implemented for first time in elementary schools across the capital, with the Education Minister in attendance, Fars reported on Saturday.

  • Non-repayable loans for e-bikes must increase: Tehran City Council chairman 2019-02-17 09:27

    Non-repayable loans for e-bikes must increase: Tehran City Council chairman

    TEHRAN – While an important strategy to contain Tehran’s air pollution is using green vehicles, non-repayable loans to incentivize the owners to replace their motorcycles with electric ones is not sufficient and must increase, Mohsen Hashemi, Tehran City Council chairman, has said.

  • Plans on agenda to address sand and dust storms in 4 provinces  2019-02-15 21:28

    Plans on agenda to address sand and dust storms in 4 provinces 

    TEHRAN — Studies to combat sand and dust storms are almost completed and next year (starting on March 21) plans will be implemented in four provinces of Khuzestan, Sistan-Baluchestan, Kerman and Hormozgan, director of the national headquarters for combatting sand and dust storms has said.

  • $4m earmarked for Asiatic cheetah conservation 2019-02-13 21:51

    $4m earmarked for Asiatic cheetah conservation

    TEHRAN – A total budget of $4 million will be allocated to prevent the remaining precious species of Asiatic cheetah from extinction, through a five-year plan, deputy environment chief for Department of Environment (DOE) natural environment and biodiversity directorate has announced.

  • 1,250 ha of central Alborz Mountains to undergo reforestation 2019-02-12 22:41

    1,250 ha of central Alborz Mountains undergo reforestation

    TEHRAN – Reforestation will be conducted on 1,250 hectares of 1,800 meter altitude of central mountain range of Alborz, to prevent illegal constructions and land grabbing in mountainous areas, head of Tehran Parks and Green Space Organization, affiliated to the municipality has said.

  • SDSs mitigation plan to take effect next year 2019-02-05 21:16

    SDSs mitigation plan to take effect next year

    TEHRAN – Sand and dust storm (SDS) mitigation plan will be implemented in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan as of the next Iranian calendar year (beginning March 21), Department of Environment (DOE) chief has announced.

  • ‘Water transfer from Sea of Oman entails no considerable environmental risk’ 2019-02-05 20:36

    ‘Water transfer from Sea of Oman entails no considerable environmental risk’

    TEHRAN – Transferring water from Sea of Oman to central drought-ridden provinces of the country, provided that the environmental requirements are met, will not poses threats to the environment, Issa Kalantari, the Department of Environment (DOE) chief has announced.

  • Soil erosion reaches 16.7 tons per ha annually 2019-02-03 22:26

    Soil erosion reaches 16.7 tons per ha annually

    TEHRAN – Soil erosion and pollution are the two major important environmental problems in the country, as some 16.7 tons of soil per hectare erodes annually, head of soil protection unit of the Forests, Range, and Watershed Management Organization has announced.

  • Tehran Municipality proposes new plan to tackle air pollution, traffic jam  2019-02-03 21:37

    Tehran Municipality proposes new plan to tackle air pollution, traffic jam 

    TEHRAN — Tehran Municipality has prepared a new traffic scheme for the capital in an attempt to address persistent air pollution and traffic congestion in the metropolis, Mehr news agency reported on Saturday. 

  • Iran to host Expert Consultation on Scientific Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Makran Subduction Zone 2019-02-02 21:32

    Iran to host Expert Consultation on Scientific Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Makran Subduction Zone

    TEHRAN — Kish Island, southern Iran, will play host to Expert Consultation on Scientific Tsunami Hazard Assessment of the Makran Subduction Zone on March 8, 2019. 

  • Zarivar wetland designated as a Wetland of International Importance 2019-02-02 21:17

    Zarivar wetland designated as a Wetland of International Importance

    TEHRAN — Zarivar wetland, in western province of Kordestan, was designated as a Wetland of International Importance on Ramsar list, Mehr news agency reported on Saturday. 

  • 97% of Iran affected by long-term drought: expert 2019-02-01 22:29

    97% of Iran affected by long-term drought: expert

    TEHRAN — Based on the dada collected over the past decade approximately 97 percent of the country is affected by long-term drought, director of the national drought warning and monitoring center, Sadeq Ziaeian, has said.

  • Man-made islands in Persian Gulf must be environmentally assessed 2019-01-31 00:51

    Environmental assessment a must for artificial islands in Persian Gulf

    TEHRAN – Construction of artificial islands off the southern coasts of the Persian Gulf must undergo environmental impact assessment to avoid negative repercussions on the ecosystem, which requires cooperation of responsible bodies, deputy Department of Environment (DOE) chief for marine affairs has said.

  • Tehran air pollution incurs annual loss of $2.8b 2019-01-31 00:42

    Tehran air pollution incurs annual loss of $2.8b

    TEHRAN – Air pollution brings heavy economic burden amounting to $2.8 billion for the Iranian capital, Tehran, head of the national working group for air pollution mitigation affiliated to the Department of Environment (DOE) has announced.

  • Euphoria in Isfahan as water flows into Zayanderud  2019-01-30 16:58

    Euphoria in Isfahan as water flows into Zayanderud 

    TEHRAN — While water is released into Zayanderud river, central province of Isfahan, the citizens are exhilarated by seeing the river alive again. 

  • Flash flood hits southwestern Iran, villages evacuated  2019-01-30 16:57

    Flash flood hits southwestern Iran, villages evacuated 

    TEHRAN — Heavy rainfalls in northern and eastern parts of the province of Khuzestan, southwestern Iran, have led to devastating flood hitting the region over the past three days leading to evacuation of some villages, Khabaronline reported.

  • Wetlands restoration requires a budget of $14b: DOE chief  2019-01-27 21:38

    Wetlands restoration requires a budget of $14b: DOE chief 

    TEHRAN — In order to restore wetlands in the country a budget of 600 trillion rials (nearly $14 billion) is required, chief of the Department of Environment (DOE) Issa Kalantari said on Sunday.

  • Iran to mark World Wetlands Day in southern city of Bandar Khamir  2019-01-27 21:35

    Iran to mark World Wetlands Day in southern city of Bandar Khamir 

    TEHRAN — Iran’s department of Environment will mark World Wetlands Day, February 2, in the southern city of Bandar Khamir, Hormozgan province, deputy environment chief of DOE natural environment and biodiversity directorate has said.

  • Flood resilience improved in 1.5m ha of watersheds   2019-01-27 10:06

    Flood resilience improved in 1.5m ha of watersheds  

    TEHRAN – The Forests, Range and Watershed Management Organization has enhanced the country’s watershed capacity to resist floods, 1.5 million hectares of which have so far undergone flood resilience measures, the Organization’s director for watershed management has announced.

  • DOE builds underpass to avoid Asiatic cheetah road crash death 2019-01-27 10:06

    DOE builds underpass to avoid Asiatic cheetah road crash death

    TEHRAN – In an attempt to provide a safe place for the few surviving Asiatic cheetahs, the Department of Environment (DOE) has constructed an underground passage stretching to 8 kilometers along Abbasabad road in central province of Semnan, Rajab Ali Karegar, the Conservation of the Asiatic Cheetah (CACP) project deputy director has said.

  • Silent death: Zagros Mountains forest plagued by deforestation, degradation  2019-01-26 10:59

    Silent death: Zagros Mountains forest plagued by deforestation, degradation 

    TEHRAN — Deforestation and degradation are gravely threating the Zagros Mountains forest and the current trend can seriously harm the ecology of the region and its biodiversity in the near future. 

  • Rainfalls brings life back to Gomishan wetland  2019-01-22 22:08

    Rainfalls brings life back to Gomishan wetland 

    TEHRAN— Gomishan international wetland, northern province of Golestan, is once again partially filled with water with recent rainfalls, the provincial chief of the department of environment has said. 

  • Green industrial, service units lauded  2019-01-22 21:44

    Green industrial, service units lauded 

    TEHRAN—The 20th National Congress for Green Industrial and Service Units was held in Tehran on Tuesday during which green industrial and service producing units were lauded, ISNA news agency reported. 

  • Plan to combat SDSs in Tehran submitted to DOE  2019-01-22 20:11

    Plan to combat SDSs in Tehran submitted to DOE 

    TEHRAN— The plan to combat sand and dust storms (SDSs) in the province of Tehran is submitted the Department of Environment (DOE), an official with the provincial department of environment has said. 

  • Drought-stricken southeastern Iran hoping for rain 2019-01-20 10:24

    Viral 10-year challenge reveals effects on Iran’s environment

    TEHRAN – Environmentalists took up the 10-year challenge on social media, posting photos of the lakes and wetlands drying up across the country, to raise awareness about the devastating impact of climate change on the environment, Mehr reported on Saturday.

  • Drought-stricken southeastern Iran hoping for rain 2019-01-20 10:16

    Drought-stricken southeastern Iran hoping for rain

    TEHRAN – While an intense burst of snow has blanketed 22 provinces of the country, the southeastern province of Kerman is suffering from the lack of downpours along with severe sand and dust storms (SDSs), Mehr news agency reported on Friday.

  • Heavy snow piled up in 19 provinces  2019-01-18 23:13

    Heavy snow piled up in 19 provinces 

    TEHRAN — Heavy snow blanketed 19 provinces across Iran, head of Rescue and Relief Organization, Morteza Salimi, has said.

  • To see the azure sky everyday should be a ‘clean air day’: mayor  2019-01-18 23:09

    To see the azure sky everyday should be a ‘clean air day’: mayor 

    TEHRAN — In order to see the azure sky everyday should be a “clean air day”, Tehran mayor wrote on the occasion of the national clean air day, marked annually on January 19. 

  • DOE, ICT Ministry sign MOU for preventing and fighting wildfire in Golestan National Park 2019-01-16 09:54

    DOE, ICT Ministry to prevent, fight wildfires in Golestan National Park

    TEHRAN – The Department of Environment (DOE) and the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) have inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to contain natural disasters such as wildfires using modern technologies in Golestan National Park, northern Iran.

  • Tehran to host environmental impact assessment conference 2019-01-15 22:37

    Tehran to host environmental impact assessment conference

    TEHRAN – The 16th national conference on environmental impact assessment will be held in Tehran on February 20-21, Mehr news agency reported on Monday.