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Iran, UN, EU launch joint project for revival of Hamoun Int’l Wetland

Deputy head of Department of Environment for maritime and wetlands affairs of Iran Ahmad Lahijanzadeh said the international project for revival of Hamoun Wetland is considered as a valuable opportunity for the country and especially for Sistan – Baluchestan Province.

He said that the project will both revive one of the biggest wetland ecosystems of the country, promote economy of local people and reduce effects of dusts near the wetland.

Hamoun’s wetlands is under influence of climate change which has caused environmental problems and affected job opportunities for women and youths.

Meanwhile, the EU official responsible for Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) said that Iran and European Union have common interests and have developed some form of cooperation over the last few years. He said that inauguration of Hamoun revival project is another example of cooperation between EU and Iran.

At the same time, UNDP Resident Representative in Iran Claudio Providas said Sistan and Baluchestan is going through climate change, natural disasters and humanitarian factors.

He thanked EU for the budget allocated for this project and vowed to continue this cooperation in line with reaching tangible results.

UNESCO began introduction of Hamoun Lake as following:
‘Located in the southeast of the country, the biosphere reserve includes terrestrial and wetland ecosystems with a total of seven habitat types, including desert and semi-desert areas, as well as Hamoun Lake, with its marshlands and watersheds. The three wetlands of the biosphere reserve are the most important in the region. The area is a hot spot for migratory birds (183 species) and home to 30 mammal species, and 55 plant species. The site is also valuable culturally due to the presence of important historical monuments and ancient temples such as Mount Kooh Khajeh and Shahr-e-Soukhteh.’

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