Urmia Lake


  • 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.’”

  • 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.

  • A photo of Urmia Lake taken in early April/ Photo by Mojtaba Esmailzadeh/ Tasnim 2018-05-15 19:56

    Water flow to Lake Urmia drops by 400mcm yr/yr: environment chief

    TEHRAN — Water flow to Lake Urmia, northwestern Iran, has decreased by 400 million cubic meters year on year, chief of the Department of Environment (DOE) has said.

  • 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.

  • FAO 2016-09-07 09:51

    FAO launches four-year holistic program to save Urmia Lake

    FAO signed an agreement on Tuesday (6 September 2016), with the Urmia Lake Restoration Commission (ULRC) in Tehran at Sharif University of Technology to lend substantive technical assistance for the execution of an integrated programme that aims ultimately to secure sustainable water resources management in the Urmia Lake basin.