Tag Archives | Lake Urmia

Conserving Iran and Iraq’s Wetlands

There’s growing awareness in the Islamic Republic of Iran that wetlands are valuable and sustain livelihoods. Ramsar, “the gem of northern Iran”, is the town that gives its name to the Ramsar Convention. The Convention is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use […]

Japanese Grant gives hope for Recovery in Lake Urmia

New Japanese grant gives hope for sustained recovery in Lake Urmia Water – albeit thinly spread – is now covering a significant amount of the lake’s formerly dried-out surface. Much more than it was two years – or even one year – ago.  And while the lake’s biosphere is still in critical condition, there have […]

Japan Donates $6.9m to Iranian Projects

The Government of Japan has allocated $6.9 million to five projects in Iran. The assistance, aimed at building a “tolerant and stable society” in the region, will go to the following projects over the next five years: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): $1 million towards the restoration of Lake Urmia “via local community participation in […]

Iran, France Discuss Environmental Partnership

Masoumeh Ebtekar, Iran’s vice president and head of the Environmental Protection Organization, and France’s ecology minister discussed environmental partnerships between the two countries during a meeting in Tehran. Ebtekar and Segolene Royal reached an agreement on several joint projects in the fields of energy, water shortages and pollution during the meeting held in the Iranian […]

Iranian NGOs win UN Equator Prize

Exciting news from the wetlands initiative in Iran: the Umbrella Group of Naghadeh NGOs is to receive one of the 21 awards of the coveted United Nations’ Equator Prize. The award will be conferred on 7 December at the COP21 event in Paris. This is the first time an organization from Iran receives this prestigious […]