Iranian president to attend session of Urmia Lake Restoration Committee

Photo: Iranian president to attend session of Urmia Lake Restoration Committee / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 11

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani will attend the second session of the Urmia Lake Restoration Committee, which is scheduled to be held within the next 10 days.

The spokesman of the committee, Davood Reza Arab said that the committee is seriously following the programs to revive the lake, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on June 11.

It should be noted that Rouhani established a new structure to pursue the issue of saving Urmia lake after introduction of the new cabinet in summer 2013.

The Committee is chaired by vice-president, Eshaq Jahangiri and includes several professional commissions in water management, geology, economy, social and environmental issue.

Lake Urmia in north-west Iran is experiencing its worst drought in many years, where over 70 percent of its water has dried up. The level has been declining since 1995.

Officials have said if the current restoration efforts are not effective, the lake will be turned into a swamp within four years. Previous reports said Lake Urmia needs 3.1 billion cubic meters of water per year to survive.

Earlier, Issa Kalantari, the secretary of the Urmia Lake Restoration Committee forecasted that the revival projects will come to force within the next month.

Iran is located in an arid zone and the country has repeatedly faced drought in the past 40 years. The drought of 1992-2002 caused a major blow to agriculture. There were quotas imposed for fresh water in several cities, including Tehran.

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