UNDP Iran releases video on Lake UrmiaFeb 11, 2015
“What I want to stress is that the restoration of the lake will not be realized over night, but we strongly hope that our contribution will help restore the lake which will benefit the five million Iranians living near the lake for the betterment of their life and health” says Ambassador of Japan in Iran, Koji Haneda.
Mr. Haneda shares this message in a new 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.
In 2014, the Government of Japan partnered with UNDP and contributed US$ 1 million to UNDP to support their efforts in restoration of Lake Urmia.
During the past two decades, Lake Urmia, situated in northwest of Iran, has lost approximately 90% of its water volume as a result of rapid development, unsustainable agriculture and – to a limited extent – the impact of climate change.
“Many people are unaware of how much wetlands help to protect us. They help ensure fresh water for all of us. They purify and filter harmful waste from water. They serve as incubators for fish. Through fishing and fisheries they help provide livelihoods. Bursting with biodiversity, wetlands can bring us tourist revenue when they are managed sustainably” says Gary Lewis, UN Resident Coordinator in Iran in a recent Op-Ed he wrote in commemoration of World Wetlands Day.
UNDP in Iran is working closely with the Governments of Iran and Japan to restore this precious wetland to its former glory.
To learn more, watch and share the above video clip.