Apr 19, 2020, 5:13 PM
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UNDP, EU donate €10m to help revive Hamoon wetland

Tehran, April 19, IRNA – The United Nation's Development Plan (UNDP) and the European Union have donated €10 million to help revive Hamoon wetland in southeastern Iran, according to Ahmadreza Lahijanzadeh, an official with Iran's Department of Environment. 

Lahijanzadeh said on Sunday that the project is being implemented following efforts made by the Department of Environment over the past decades and thanks to international projects such as a plan aimed to protect Iranian wetlands as well.

Ali Arvahi, the director of a national plan for protecting Iranian wetlands, also told IRNA correspondent on April 4 that Iran’s Department of Environment and the UNDP had signed a document on a project to revive Hamoon Wetland.

The project is aimed at upgrading the management of natural resources for reviving the ecosystems of the wetlands and supporting alternative livelihoods for local communities of Hamoon Wetland, Arvahi noted.

He said that the goal of the project is to focus on protecting the wetland and upgrading the standards of livelihood of the local people as well.

The project will be implemented for a period of five years and will receive financial support from the European Union, Arvahi said.

The official said that the project will provide an opportunity to work closer with the neighboring country of Afghanistan to ensure the necessary water resources for the wetland and minimize the pressure on it.

The project is also supposed to focus on climate conditions and adapt local agriculture to the climate of the region as much as possible, he noted. 

Hamoon Wetland, located in southeastern Iran, is shared between Iran and Afghanistan. It is Iran’s third biggest lake and the seventh biggest international wetland of the world. 

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