Lake Urmia restoration program

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lake Urmia water increased by 810 million cubic meters  2019-02-17 21:19

    Lake Urmia water increased by 810 million cubic meters 

    TEHRAN — The volume of water in Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has increased by 810 million cubic meters compared to the same date last year, director general of West Azarbaijan regional water company has said. 

  • Water level in Lake Urmia rises by 33cm 2019-02-07 01:30

    Water level in Lake Urmia rises by 33cm

    TEHRAN – The level of water in Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has increased by 33 centimeters compared to the same time last year, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program in West Azarbaijan province has said.

  • Water consumption in agriculture sector fallen by 40% in Lake Urmia basin 2018-12-09 21:37

    Agricultural water use fallen by 40% in Lake Urmia basin

    TEHRAN — Implementation of the Lake Urmia restoration programs applying sustainable agricultural techniques and water-saving measures, has led to 35-40 percent drop in agricultural water consumption in the catchment basin of the Lake, head of the Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) has said.

  • ‘Salt particles raising from Lake Urmia contained by 80%’ 2018-11-04 01:30

    ‘Salt particles raising from Lake Urmia contained by 80%’

    TEHRAN – Salt particles raising from the catchment basin of Lake Urmia has been contained by nearly 80 percent, Farhad Sarkhosh, head of the provincial department for the Lake Urmia restoration program at West Azarbaijan has said.

  • Supreme National Security Council to weigh up agriculture around Lake Urmia 2018-09-28 21:39

    Supreme National Security Council to weigh up agriculture around Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN — The Lake Urmia restoration program has taken over the issue of agricultural development around the lake into the Supreme National Security Council, deputy environment chief Masoud Tajrishi has said.

  • Lake Urmia full restoration deferred pending budget allocation 2018-09-15 01:56

    Lake Urmia full restoration deferred pending budget allocation

    TEHRAN — Limited budget could put back Lake Urmia, a wetland located in northwest Iran, restoration projects, Masoud Tajrishi deputy environment chief and an official with the lake restoration program has said.

  • Photo depicts a view of Urmia Lake in December 2016, photo by Mojtaba Esmaeilzadeh/ Tasnim 2018-07-28 08:47

    ‘Solar power plants an alternative for income generation around Lake Urmia basin’

    TEHRAN — Setting up solar power plants to produce electricity can be an alternative income generation for farmers in Lake Urmia basin in northwestern Iran, Ja’far Mohseni, head of East Azarbaijan academic center for education, culture and research, known as Jahad Daneshgahi, has said.

  • Lake Urmia likely to revive in 10 years; building our hopes up? 2018-07-19 07:25

    Lake Urmia likely to revive in 10 years; building our hopes up?

    TEHRAN — Chief of West Azarbaijan province’s Department of Environment, Parviz Arasteh, has said that Lake Urmia will be revived within the next 10 years, but is he building our hopes up?

  • A photo of Urmia Lake taken in early April Mojtaba Esmailzadeh/ Tasnim 2018-05-14 05:20

    Water transfer won’t revive Lake Urmia: official

    TEHRAN — Water transfer won’t restore Lake Urmia, Hedayat Fahimi, an official with the Ministry of Energy has said, noting that promoting sustainable agriculture is the way to save the lake.

  • Salt mining in Lake Urmia: Opportunity vs. threat 2018-05-09 20:12

    By Mohammad Ali Haqshenas

    Salt mining in Lake Urmia: Opportunity vs. threat

    The dryness of Lake Urmia in recent decades has revealed great salt reserves in its bed. Estimations for the amount of salt in the lake varies from 6 to 10 billion tons. That’s certainly a great potential for mining and has already tempted some individuals to extract some salt, however, there are different views on salt mining in the region.

  • Photo by Soheil Faraji / ISNA 2018-04-29 10:06

    Lake Urmia, habitat of some 35,000 flamingos

    TEHRAN – Some 35,000 migratory flamingos are now living in Lake Urmia and the seasonally-flooded wetlands in the region, said an official with West Azarbaijan province’s department of environment.

  • A view of Shrafkhaneh port, northeast coast of Lake Urmia. Photo by Mohammad Ali Haqshenas / Tehran Times 2018-04-20 13:15

    ‘Without restoration plan, Lake Urmia would have been fully drained by now’

    TEHRAN – If there had not been any plan to restore Lake Urmia, it would have been completely drained by now, Department of Environment chief Isa Kalantari said on Wednesday.

  • Lake Urmia water level increases 2018-03-12 08:39

    Lake Urmia water level increases

    TEHRAN – The level of water in Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has increased thanks to releasing of water from dams and also good precipitation in the region.

  • Cultivating sugar beet and rice hinders wetlands restoration programs  2018-03-11 10:17

    Cultivating sugar beet and rice hinders wetlands restoration programs

    TEHRAN – Cultivating water intensive products including sugar beet and rice has been banned in some regions as they were not in line with plans for reviving wetlands, an official with wetland ecosystems division at Department of Environment has said.

  • Lake Urmia 2018-01-21 10:23

    Lake Urmia depletion will cause great discomfort

    TEHRAN – The total dryness of Lake Urmia will have a large negative impact on the health and livelihood of local communities and even beyond.

  • Lake Urmia 2017-12-16 10:22

    BY Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Budget deficiency is holding back Lake Urmia complete restoration

    TEHRAN —Lake Urmia, once called a symbol of Azari identity, dubbing it “the turquoise solitaire of Azerbaijan”, is on the road to ruin and the officials blame it on budget constraint.

  • clean air 2017-09-26 18:04

    JICA pledges $7m to address Tehran’s air pollution

    TEHRAN — The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged $7 million to tackle the everlasting air pollution in the metropolis of Tehran, IRIB reported on Monday.

  • lake urmia 2017-09-05 08:51

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Budget deficit could delay Lake Urmia’s revival: environment chief

    TEHRAN — Lake Urmia is already saved from total dryness, however, budget deficit might postpone the lake’s full restoration, the chief of the Department of Environment said on Monday.

  • Isa Kalantari 2017-08-13 20:04

    Kalantari appointed new environment chief

    TEHRAN — President Hassan Rouhani in a decree on Sunday appointed Isa Kalantari as the vice president and the new chief of the Department of Environment.

  • flamingos 2017-06-11 20:09

    Migrating flamingos opt to stay in reviving Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN — Some 10,000 flamingos have stayed in Lake Urmia national park this year instead of migrating as better ecological conditions in the biosphere reserve are already satisfying their needs.