Iran to restore 50bcm of water resources through watershed management
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran will restore 50 billion cubic meters of water resources annually through watershed management.
Khodakaram Jalali, director of Iran Forests, Ranges, and Watershed Management Organization, said 70 percent of total 400 billion cubic meters of annual precipitations is vaporized, Iran's IRIB reported on Feb. 15.
Through utilizing watershed management methods, 50 billion cubic meters of the precipitations can be restored, he said.
Watershed management is planned to be implemented over 11 million hectares area of lands across the country over the course of three year, he added.
Iranian Energy Minister Hamid Reza Chitchian said that the situation of water resources in Iran has passed beyond the critical condition.
"At present, 96 billion cubic meters of the country's total 120 billion cubic meters of renewable water resources are being consumed annually," he said, adding that if 40-60 percent of renewable water resources are consumed in any country, that country is said to be in a critical condition.
However, many experts believe that the current water shortage problem is a result of water resources mismanagement, rather than the drought.