Experts search for answers to help save Iran’s drying wetlands

21 Apr 2014

  

Grounded by lack of water: Only a decade ago Lake Uromiyeh was flourishing. Waves were crashing against the 4-metre-high jetties in some parts. Now these places are completely dry. Boats sit stranded on its grainy sand

Following the international technical wetlands roundtable which was held in Tehran from 16 to 18 March, the experts who attended the roundtable have publicized their presentations.

In order to find a solution for Iran’s drying wetlands with focus on Lake Uromiyeh and the Hamoun wetland, Iran’s Department of Environment (DoE) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) organized this event with the following objectives:


View from the bed of the dried-out Hamoun towards the old dockside where the boats would be tethered
  • To review the drivers causing the drying of the two specific wetlands and the actions that have so far been undertaken to address these;
  • To share experience and international best practice approaches for the restoration of drying wetlands;
  • To recommend a series of steps to the Government – taking into account known policy, logistical, institutional and budgetary limitations – which can then be shaped for quick implementation.

UNDP and DoE are currently finalizing a report which includes conclusions and recommendations proposed by the national and international experts which will be handed to the Government in hopes of quick implementation.