1041 GMT July 17, 2018
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Nobakht said Iran’s Sixth five-year Development Plan is focused on four issues, of which the environment is one of the most important issues, IRNA reported.
Nobakht, who is also the head of Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization, expressed hope that by allocating some 8,500 billion rials (around 80 million euros), the Anzali Wetland can be revived within three years.
Head of Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization (IEPO) Isa Kalantari also said that President Hassan Rouhani has tasked the organization to urgently deal with serious issues relating to the environment.
With modern technology, Iran can revive the wetland with less than three percent of the presupposed budgets in three or four years, Kalantari said.
Recognized internationally and considered one of the largest homes to migrating birds and fish in Iran, the Anzali Wetlands are now sharing the fate of 60 other wetlands across Iran that are on the verge of complete annihilation.
With an area of 20,000 hectares, the Anzali Wetland is located in the northern province of Gilan. The wetland was registered under the Ramsar Convention in 1975, making it one of the oldest Ramsar sites in Iran. However, it was listed in the Montreux Record in 1993 as a site in need of priority conservation due to water quality deterioration caused by urbanization, agricultural drainage, rise in sedimentation, growth of invasive plants and waste disposal.
The country is also struggling to revive Lake Orumieh in northwestern Iran.
The water level in Lake Orumieh, once the largest in the Middle East and the sixth-largest saltwater lake on earth, has been facing a dramatic decline for some years.