Lake Urmia

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lake Urmia being revived ‘slowly, but surely’: UNDP 2020-05-20 21:42

    Lake Urmia being revived ‘slowly, but surely’: UNDP

    TEHRAN – A combination of man-made efforts and higher rainfall in recent years is “slowly, but surely reviving what was once the second largest saltwater lake in the world,” Claudio Providas, Resident Representative in Iran for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has stated.

  • Measures to revive Lake Urmia ‘an example to inspire us all’: Gary Lewis 2020-05-15 15:55

    Measures to revive Lake Urmia ‘an example to inspire us all’: Gary Lewis

    TEHRAN – Gary Lewis, director for disasters and conflicts at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), praised Iran for measures taken to revive the Lake Urmia.

  • Comprehensive tourism plan to be formulated for Lake Urmia 2020-05-05 23:48

    Comprehensive tourism plan to be formulated for Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – Iran’s West Azarbaijan province aims to develop a comprehensive tourism plan to boost tourism around Lake Urmia, which was once the largest salt-water lake in West Asia.

  • First medical tourism center under construction in Urmia 2020-05-05 23:47

    First medical tourism center under construction in Urmia

    TEHRAN – The first medical tourism center in Urmia, northwestern West Azarbaijan province, is under construction with 30 percent completion so far. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rainfall increases Lake Urmia level 2020-02-25 18:01

    Rainfall increases Lake Urmia level

    TEHRAN – Recent rainfall has increased the level of Lake Urmia to 1,271 meters, a step closer to its ecological level of 1,274 meters.

  • FAO 2020-01-27 23:34

    FAO, ULRP, IRIMO have conducted a drought vulnerability and impact assessment in the Urmia Lake basin

    The initial findings of a drought vulnerability and impact assessment in the Urmia Lake basin conducted to help the implementation of an integrated drought management system in the region have been further re-examined and validated by FAO and Iranian experts at Tehran.

  • مسافران تابستانی دریاچه ارومیه 2020-01-24 19:42

    Lake Urmia water level keeps rising

    TEHRAN – The level of water at Lake Urmia is on the rise, as increased by a 1.7 billion cubic meters compared to the previous year, according to the studies conducted by the Lake Urmia restoration program committee.

  • Urmia-Mashhad passenger train route launched 2019-12-29 18:38

    Urmia-Mashhad passenger train route launched

    TEHRAN – The Islamic Republic of Iran Railways launched a passenger train route on Sunday, stretching some 1,650 kilometers from the northwestern city of Urmia to the holy city of Mashhad in the northeast.

  • Iranian northwestern national parks share incredible biodiversity 2019-11-20 16:01

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Iranian northwestern national parks share incredible biodiversity

    TEHRAN – The precious national parks of northwestern Iran are the most diverse of any in the country, differing from rainforest to wide shrub lands which share a great biological diversity, this time we will take a quick look at three incredible national parks located in East Azarbaijan province.

  • International contribution ‘not sufficient’ for Urmia Lake restoration 2019-11-09 19:42

    International contribution ‘not sufficient’ for Urmia Lake restoration

    TEHRAN – International contribution to revive Urmia Lake is not sufficient, as only Japan has provided an annual financial assistance amounting to $1 million since the past six years, National Wetlands Conservation Project manager, Ali Arvahi, has said.

  • Lake Urmia water level rises by 1 meter 2019-11-02 17:06

    Lake Urmia water level rises by 1 meter

    TEHRAN – The level of water at Lake Urmia has increased by 1 meter in the current water year (began on September 23) compared to the same period last year.

  • Lake Urmia 2019-10-11 11:01

    $47m earmarked for Lake Urmia restoration

    TEHRAN – A total budget of 2 trillion rials (nearly $47 million) was approved to be allocated to the Lake Urmia restoration program, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said on Wednesday.

  • Lake Urmia water level on the rise 2019-09-25 19:00

    Lake Urmia water level on the rise

    TEHRAN – The level of water at Lake Urmia increased by 1.04 centimeters on Tuesday compared to the same day last year, according to the studies conducted by the Lake Urmia conservation program committee.

  • Safeguarding our vanishing treasure; National Park of Lake Urmia 2019-08-25 19:47

    Safeguarding our vanishing treasure; National Park of Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – The National Park of Lake Urmia, home to several precious species and amongst 59 biosphere reserve areas, is severely threatened by many years of drought so that it needs to be restored urgently to avoid the extinction of highly adapted species.

  • Studies show that over 20 million hectares of the lands are susceptible to sand and dust storm generation in the country; if urgent measures are not taken to prevent the wetlands from dryness and curb the groundwater withdrawal, the country will gradually depopulate 2019-07-26 22:41

    Urmia Lake’s current condition desirable; is it temporary?

    TEHRAN – Heavy rainfall doused the country this year, made many of us to forget water scarcity and dying of Urmia Lake; many believe that the crisis has already been resolved, while deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi told Khabaronline on Wednesday that there is not much time left to resolve the issue and “we need to act as soon as possible.’”

  • 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.

  • ‘Water level at Lake Urmia unprecedented for the past decade’ 2019-05-31 17:01

    ‘Water level at Lake Urmia unprecedented for the past decade’

    TEHRAN — The level of water at Lake Urmia, a body of water located in northwestern Iran, is unprecedented for the past 10 years, an official with West Azarbaijan province’s department of environment has said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Attempts to revive Lake Urmia using technology 2019-05-09 00:55

    Attempts to revive Lake Urmia using technology

    TEHRAN – The vice presidency for science and technology will take measures in accordance with Lake Urmia restoration utilizing technology advances, IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.

  • Thousands-year-old vase to be unveiled in Ardebil 2019-05-08 19:45

    Thousands-year-old vase to be unveiled in Ardebil

    TEHRAN – On May 18, concurrent with the International Museum Day, a three-thousand-year-old silver vase, which was recently found in Iran’s Ardebil province, will be unveiled in museum exhibition, provincial tourism chief 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.

  • Images published on NASA Earth Observatory website show the lake on February 5, 2019, and April 12, 2019, before and after the recent floods in the region. 2019/04/26

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Too precious to lose: What brought back Lake Urmia to life? 

    TEHRAN —Subsequent to heavy rainfalls in the country, many long-lost wetlands and lakes were restored, among which Lake Urmia “the turquoise solitaire of Azarbaijan” was the most conspicuous.