Lake Urmia restoration program

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  • Lake Urmia in grave peril 2022-07-13 17:02

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Lake Urmia in grave peril

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia started to dry up in the 2000s, and although it revived at some point over the past few years, it is in serious danger these days.

  • Human factors hold 69% share in drying of Lake Urmia 2022-06-12 16:55

    Human factors hold 69% share in drying of Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – Researchers realized that the situation of Lake Urmia in the last 20 years is not fully related to lack of rainfall, which shows that the share of human factors has been higher.

  • Lake Urmia level drops by 59cm 2022-02-05 17:08

    Lake Urmia level drops by 59cm

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia level shrank by about 59 cm compared to the same period last [Iranian calendar] year (March 2020-March 2021), Javad Mohammadi, West Azarbaijan province’s water company chief, said on Saturday.

  • Lake Urmia provided with 32% of water right 2021-12-31 17:06

    Lake Urmia provided with 32% of water right

    TEHRAN – Some 32 percent of the projected water right for Lake Urmia has been provided over the past water year (September 2020 – September 2021), an inflow of 1.1 billion cubic meters of water.

  • Lake Urmia volume increased by 30m cubic meters 2021-11-21 17:22

    Lake Urmia volume increased by 30m cubic meters

    TEHRAN – The volume of water in Lake Urmia has reached 2.48 billion cubic meters, which shows an increase of 30 million cubic meters compared to the last [Iranian calendar] month (September 23- October 22).

  • Drought reduces water release into Lake Urmia 2021-11-03 18:06

    Drought reduces water release into Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – A shortage of water caused by drought across West Azarbaijan province reduced Lake Urmia’s water intake by 400 million cubic meters during the last water year (September 2020-September 2021), IRNA reported on Wednesday.

  • Lake Urmia shrinks by 61cm 2021-10-16 18:29

    Lake Urmia shrinks by 61cm

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia level has decreased by about 61 cm compared to last [Iranian calendar] year (March 2020-March 2021), Mehran Nazari, West Azarbaijan province’s department of environment chief, said on Saturday.

  • Lake Urmia 2021-09-21 18:24

    Lake Urmia shrinks by over 1,500 km2

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia’s surface area has decreased by 1,546 square kilometers compared to the same date last year, Yaser Rahbardin, CEO of West Azarbaijan Province’s Regional Water Company, has stated.

  • Lake Urmia restoration prescribed for Bakhtegan Wetland 2021-09-12 16:36

    Lake Urmia restoration prescribed for Bakhtegan Wetland

    TEHRAN – A restoration plan and model of sustainable agriculture previously implemented on the catchment area of Lake Urmia will be extended to Bakhtegan Wetland in Fars province.

  • Artemia: a multi-million-dollar source of income in Lake Urmia 2021-08-22 18:22

    Artemia: a multi-million dollar source of income in Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – Artemia of Lake Urmia is of great commercial value and if exported, it will be a multi-million-dollar source of income for the country, Salman Zaker, a member of the Majlis (Iranian parliament) has said.

  • Some $3.5b spent on Lake Urmia revitalization 2021-07-27 21:31

    Some $3.5b spent on Lake Urmia revitalization

    TEHRAN – A total of 150 trillion rials (nearly $3.5 billion at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been earmarked to the restoration of Lake Urmia over the past seven years, chief of the Department of Environment, Issa Kalantari, has said.

  • Lake Urmia level declines by 30cm in Q1 2021-07-14 18:30

    Lake Urmia level declines by 30cm in Q1

    TEHRAN – The water level of Lake Urmia has decreased by 30 centimeters in the first three months of the current [Iranian calendar] year (March 21-June 21) compared to the same period last year.

  • Water transfer project to Lake Urmia complete by 97% 2021-06-21 18:27

    Water transfer project to Lake Urmia complete by 97%

    TEHRAN – The project to transfer water from the Kanisib Dam to Lake Urmia is completed by 97 percent, aiming to flow about 600 million cubic meters of water into the lake annually, IRNA reported on Monday.

  • Lake Urmia revival eradicates 450,000 ha of SDS hotspots 2021-05-15 17:40

    Lake Urmia revival eradicates 450,000 ha of SDS hotspots

    TEHRAN – The restoration of Lake Urmia has eradicated 450,000 hectares of sand and dust storm (SDS) hotspots, according to the latest studies.

  • Lake Urmia restoration should be documented as a successful plan: VP 2021-03-16 15:16

    Lake Urmia restoration should be documented as a successful plan: VP

    TEHRAN – The implementation process of Lake Urmia restoration program should be documented accurately and presented as a successful example of large-scale projects, First Vice-President Is’haq Jahangiri has said.

  • Japan, UNDP continue support to restore Lake Urmia 2021-02-17 17:47

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Japan, UNDP continue support to restore Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN – During a ceremony held in the Japanese Embassy in Tehran on Wednesday, the Government of Japan contributed $3 million to help revive Lake Urmia through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

  • TEHRAN – A dam for transferring water to Lake Urmia will be inaugurated on Thursday, aiming to flow about 600 million cubic meters of water into the lake annually, another step to implement the lake’s 2020-12-30 18:19

    Lake Urmia one step closer to revitalization

    TEHRAN – A dam for transferring water to Lake Urmia will be inaugurated on Thursday, aiming to flow about 600 million cubic meters of water into the lake annually, another step to implement the lake’s restoration plan which started six years ago.

  • Lake Urmia’s surface area doubled in 6 years 2020-12-27 19:37

    Lake Urmia’s surface area doubled in 6 years

    TEHRAN – Lake Urmia’s surface area, has reached 2,785 square kilometers, indicating more than 100 percent rise compared to the lowest volume recorded in the Iranian calendar year 1393 (March 2014-March 2015).

  • Lake Urmia revitalization budget rises by $76m 2020-11-09 18:28

    Lake Urmia revitalization budget rises by $76m

    TEHRAN – A total of 3.2 trillion rials (nearly $76 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) was allocated to continue the Lake Urmia Restoration Program in the current Iranian calendar year (ending March 20, 2021).

  • Ashk Island, a haven for Persian fallow deer 2020-10-15 01:00

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Ashk Island, a haven for Persian fallow deer

    TEHRAN – The Ashk Island of Lake Urmia, which is considered one of the most important habitats of rare Persian fallow deer, has become a safe place to protect the species from extinction due to the difficult access of illegal poachers.

  • 108 NGOs active in Lake Urmia restoration 2020-09-25 18:32

    108 NGOs active in Lake Urmia restoration

    TEHRAN – Some 108 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are working in three fields of environment, sustainable livelihood development, and surface water control with the aim of revitalizing Lake Urmia.

  • $152m more earmarked to Lake Urmia restoration 2020-08-22 20:43

    $152m more earmarked to Lake Urmia restoration

    TEHRAN – A new budget amounting to 6.4 trillion rials (nearly $152 million at the official rate of 42,000 rials) will be allocated for the Lake Urmia revival, which will be spent on completing semi-finished projects, head of the Lake Urmia Conservation Program has announced.

  • SDSs generated by Lake Urmia hotspots reduced by 90% 2020-08-19 21:30

    SDSs generated by Lake Urmia hotspots reduced by 90%

    TEHRAN – After the beginning of restoration measures, the sand and dust storms (SDSs) generated by Lake Urmia hotspots has been reduced by 90 percent, even has reached zero in some critical areas, head of the Lake Urmia Restoration Program has said.

  • Lake Urmia 2020-08-01 18:35

    Non-revival of Lake Urmia could cause $1,000 billion loss

    TEHRAN – Although Lake Urmia’s revival will cost around $1.5 billion, not implementing the revival plan would inflict a loss of $1,000 billion to the country, Issa Kalantari, chief of the Department of Environment, has said.

  • 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.

  • 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.