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Environmental official voices concern over destruction of vital environments around Tehran

Director General of Tehran province Environmental Department Mohammad-Hassan Pirasteh said in Tehran on Monday expressed concern over destruction of the vital environmental around Tehran which will leave its unfavorable effect on the capital city, IRNA reported.

He told IRNA that the environmental authorities will not let the projects associated with provincial development to get underway unless they comply with environmental requirements.

"The broad commitment of the Department of Environment (DoE) calls for supervision of all the projects," he added.

Pirasteh called for public participation in environmental protection and reiterated that efforts should be made to keep them up-dated on latest environmental developments, facts on the risks threatening to destroy the environment and measures taken against destructive agents.

Issuing severe warnings against destruction of the greenery across the capital city of Tehran, he said that a general movement is required for establishing green space in the city.

He added that Tehran Municipality can play a major role in this respect.

The environmental official said, "Though, according to statistics released by Tehran Municipality, the per capita green area in Tehran is favorable, due to the excessive pressure exerted to urban limit which has been created in the course of development and construction, more green space is still in demand."

Turning to the upcoming Environmental Week (June 5-12), he said that it will provide a suitable opportunity to inform the public and the officials on DoE's perspective and worries over the threatening environmental destruction.

A report released here by DoE public relations department said that two programs titled `The Legal Environmental Conference' and `National Environmental Award' are scheduled for the upcoming event.

It added that the Environment Week will be held with the motto of `Fresh Water - Water Shortage Will Claim Two Million Lives'.

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