European company ready to restore Urmia Lake in Iran
Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr.26/ Trend F.Karimov/
A Belgian company has announced readiness to restore Urmia Lake in Iran, IRNA reported.
The Trackable Engineering Company has put in a request to Iran's Foreign Ministry in this regard.
The company has estimated the project would cost €1 million and would be completed within three years.
The Urmia Lake, in the northwest of Iran, is experiencing its worst condition for the past 50 years, so that over 70 percent of its water has been dried.
The level of the lake's water has been declining since 1995.
In October 2012, Environment Protection Organization Director Mohammad Javad Mohammadizadeh said during the Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 19, 2012, about 2 billion cubic meters of water were transferred to the lake.
Currently, only a third of the lake is filled with water and the rest is dry.
The Urmia Lake is the third largest salt water lake on earth with a surface area of approximately 5,200 square kilometers.
Experts say construction of dams on rivers feeding the lake and also droughts have significantly decreased the annual amount of water Urmia Lake receives. They also say that the construction of a bridge across the lake has upset its ecological balance.