0809 GMT August 12, 2022
The United Nations and the European Union have allocated €10 million to reviving Hamoun Wetland located in parts of southwestern Afghanistan and southeastern Iran, said Vahid Pourmardan, director general of Sistan and Baluchestan’s Province’s Department of the Environment.
Expressing satisfaction over the move, he told IRNA that the sum will be made available for implementation of the project themed “Improving the comprehensive management of natural resources for reviving wetland’s ecosystem and supporting alternative livelihood of local communities”.
He noted that a five-year cooperation agreement has been signed between the Iranian Department of the Environment and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
He said the measure has been undertaken following numerous debates and discussions held between experts at the international level and also visits paid by several teams from international organizations to accelerate the process of reviving Hamoun Wetland.
The official added that a team, consisting of the manager of Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project (CIWP) and the representative of UNDP, visited the region last year to carry out feasibility studies on the plan drawn up to attract financial resources from the European Union and the UN.
Pourmardan noted that the move aimed to help improve the economic condition of the local community, protect the environment and revive Hamoun Wetland.
“Members of the team get informed about the livelihood condition and problems of the local fishermen, livestock breeders and farmers and evaluated the extent of the damages caused by concentration of particulate matter in Sistan and Baluchestan Province,” he said.
The official pointed out that the wetland is extended in an area of 5700 sq.km, of which 3800 sq.km is within Iranian territory and its watershed located in Afghanistan.
Hamoun Wetland in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan Province is the seventh international and the largest freshwater wetland of the world.
The province which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, has been affected by severe droughts in recent years.