News ID: 254891
Published: 1006 GMT June 26, 2019

EU delegation in Iran to boost cooperation in water supply

EU delegation in Iran to boost cooperation in water supply

A delegation of experts from the European Union arrived in Iran to boost cooperation between the two sides in water supply projects, a senior adviser to the Iranian energy minister said.

The European Union delegation started a two-week visit to Iran two days ago, to boost cooperation and examine the EU’s financial contribution to water projects in the Islamic Republic, Farhad Yazdandoust said on Wednesday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

So far, several meetings have been held with representatives from the European Union in the water supply sector, diplomats from the embassies of Germany, Finland and Austria, Iranian officials in charge of the water sector, as well as the Foreign Ministry officials, he said.

In line with this cooperation, the EU delegation has been informed of Iran’s priorities and challenges in this sector, the adviser added.

At the end of the delegation’s trip, a closing meeting will be held with the participation of all officials in the water sector to examine future agreements with the EU representatives, Yazdandoust expressed.

Located in the world’s dry belt, Iran has long been faced with scanty rainfall, drying up of its underground water resources and wetlands, and the new unwelcomed phenomenon of dust storms.

Statistics indicate that Iran will rank 13th among the most water-stressed countries in 2040.

Due to unmethodical agricultural activities and extraction of too much of its aquifers, Iran has lost much of its underground water resources.

In recent years, Iran has been one of the leading countries in terms of the construction of dams. It is the top country in the region and the third in the world in the sector of dam construction. Iran’s success in this field has largely been driven by its arid climate and its growing need for water resources.

Iran is located in one of the most arid regions of the world and its average annual precipitation is 252 millimeters. This figure is just a fourth of the world’s average precipitation.

While Iran has been building dozens of dams across the country, it has increasingly looked to the external market. It has dam construction projects in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, neighboring Azerbaijan and Armenia.


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