Lake Urmia

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  • A poster for the fifth Urmia Grape Festival 2017-09-08 13:57

    Grape festival time in northwest Iran

    TEHRAN – The fifth grape festival of Iran kicks off today in Urmia, the capital of West Azarbaijan province, with variety of parades, exhibits of grapes and grape products planned.

  • 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.

  • Couple tie the knot, pledge to plant thousand-plus trees 2017/08/22

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Environment matters: Couple tie the knot, pledge to plant thousand-plus trees

    TEHRAN — In a symbolic gesture to safeguard the environment a young bride from the western province of Ilam made the groom to pledge to plant 1372 trees as her “mahr” - a mandatory payment paid or promised to pay by the groom under Islamic law.

  • First vice president Jahangiri (R) is shaking hand with the new chief of environment Kalantari with former environment chief Ebtekar standing in the background.  2017-08-16 01:52

    New environment chief warns of ‘disastrous’ water scarcity

    TEHRAN — Water scarcity is Iran’s major concern and the situation is ‘disastrous’, the newly-appointed environment chief Isa Kalantari 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.

  • Hassan Rouhani talks with commuters in a subway in Tehran to encourage people to use public transport to control air pollution 2017/05/17

    By Ali Mirchi and Kaveh Madani

    Will Iran's next president care enough to put the environment first?

    Four years ago one of the candidates in Iran’s presidential election made himself popular by promising to save Lake Urmia, one of the world’s largest saltwater lakes that was on the cusp of disappearing. Now, President Hassan Rouhani proudly recounts that promise, citing Urmia’s current state as an environmental success story made possible by prudent decision-making. Recent intense rainfalls and subsequent floods have come to Rouhani’s help, earning Urmia a spot on the catalogue of the accomplishments of his administration.

  • Abbas Araqchi 2017-05-04 11:47

    Deputy FM follows up on Lake Urmia restoration

    TEHRAN — Deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs Abbas Araqchi traveled on Wednesday to West Azarbaijan province to follow up on Lake Urmia restoration programs, IRIB reported.

  • Yoshihiro Seki (L) and Masoumeh Ebtekar 2017-04-30 19:07

    Iranian, Japanese experts to look into crippling dust storms in Khuzestan

    TEHRAN — A delegation of Iranian and Japanese experts will travel on Monday to Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran, to look into the issue of dust storms which has been turned into a predicament in the region.

  • Masoumeh Ebtekar (L) and Gary Lewis 2017-04-09 18:43

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Iran, Japan, UNDP extend co-op on Lake Urmia restoration program

    TEHRAN — Iran, Japan and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) extended agreement for collaborative restoration program of Lake Urmia for the fourth consecutive year here on Sunday.

  • Reza Kianian 2017-03-26 15:43

    By Maryam Qarehgozlou

    Actor, environmentalist Kianian wishes for a dust storm-free Khuzestan

    TEHRAN — The Iranian actor and environmentalist, Reza Kianian, wished for the predicament of dust storms in the southwestern province of Khuzestan to be resolved in the new year.

  • gary lewis, lake urmia 2017/03/16

    By Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative

    Lake Urmia comes back to life slowly but surely

    Life has returned to the dying Salt Lake in North-West Iran. The effort to restore what had been broken is succeeding.

  • Lake Urmia 2017-03-13 10:13

    By Erik Solheim and Gary Lewis

    A resurrection in the Middle East: Life has returned to a dying salt lake in northwest Iran

    Lake Urmia was once the second largest saltwater lake in the world. But years of man-made disruption — from 60 years of dam building to the massive overuse of feeder rivers — has diverted the natural flow of sweet water from the surrounding basin into the salty lake.

  • Erik Solheim 2017-02-26 18:24

    UNEP’s Solheim offers Iran help to address dust storms

    TEHRAN — United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Executive Director Erik Solheim has posted two videos on his Instagram account addressing the people of Khuzestan, southwestern Iran, who have sought help for the recurrent sand and dust storms in the region.

  • Lake Urmia 2017-02-19 18:21

    Budget deficit could do irreparable damage to Lake Urmia

    TEHRAN — Officials in charge of Lake Urmia restoration program have said the government has not allocated budget to the project in the next Iranian calendar year (March 2017-March 2018) and this could do irreparable damage to the lake’s restoration program.

  • Lake Urmia 2017-02-09 08:25

    Govt. allots $205m to Lake Urmia restoration

    TEHRAN — The cabinet of ministers has allocated some 8.2 trillion rials (nearly $205 million) to Lake Urmia restoration projects, IRIB reported on Wednesday.