May 11, 2019, 2:04 PM
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Flamingoes return to Isfahan

Isfahan, May 11, IRNA – The first migrant flamingoes alighted in Gavkhouni wetland after two years in Eastern Isfahan, central Iran.

'Between 100 and 150 flamingoes returned to Gavkhouni after a two-year absence,' said, Hossein Akbari, official with the Department of Environmental Protection of Isfahan province, on Saturday.

The precipitations and floods in early spring revived the wetland and area's plantations, which led to return of flamingoes, ducks, geese, terns, pelicans, and grebes to Gavkhouni wetland, Akbari added.

He added that the floods filled up about 10% of Gavkhouni, but now that the rains have stopped and there has been some vaporization, the wetland may dry again.

Akbari said that Since Gavkhouni is located in the dry parts of Iran and is very large – about 47,000 hectares, and it doesn't have an adequate discharge and water right.

He hoped that the wetland will receive enough water through rain and water right.

Gavkhouni is one of 19 wetlands in Iran and was registered in Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat in 1975.

Reducing the effects of climate change, filtering Zayandehrud River that flows through Isfahan, filling up groundwater aquifers, preventing floods, stabilizing moving sand, preserving the biological and genetic variety, and promoting tourism are among Gavkhouni wetland.


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