“The situation regarding Lake Urmia right now is pretty devastating” says UN Resident Coordinator in Iran

Jan 4, 2015

“The situation regarding Lake Urmia right now is pretty devastating” says the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr. Gary Lewis who also believes that one of Iran’s top environmental challenges is water.  

Lake Urmia is situated in northwest of Iran and – during the past two decades – it has lost approximately 90% of its water volume as a result of rapid development, unsustainable agriculture and – to some extent – the results of climate change.

However, the situation is redeemable.  UNDP in Iran is working closely with the Government to restore this precious wetland to its former glory.  This partnership is in the context of a decade long project, called the Conservation of Iranian Wetlands Project.

In 2014, the Government of Japan contributed US$ 1 million to UNDP to Lake Urmia’s restoration efforts. 

To overcome this environmental challenge not only is the effort of the people and the Government of Iran required, but also the attention and cooperation of the international community is needed. 

UNDP Iran recently produced a 3-minute video which highlights the current situation of Lake Urmia and what UNDP is doing to support the Government of Iran in its efforts to save the lake.  The clip features four speakers, including Ambassador of Japan in Iran, H.E. Koji Haneda who calls on the global community to join forces to tackle mutual global environmental challenges.

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