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First International workshop on Hamoun lake crisis to be held

Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, Jan 5, IRNA -- Deputy Head of the Department of Environment (DoE) for natural environment and bio-diversity, Hadi Soleimanpour said in Zabol on Wednesday that the first international workshop on campaign against the current crisis at Hamoun lake will be held concurrently in Tehran and Zabol in mid-February.

Visiting Zabol to survey the current situation of Hamoun lake, he told IRNA that the upcoming two-day workshop will be attended by representatives from the UN Environment Program, DoE and Afghan experts.

"The participating specialists will assess the former and current situation of Hamoun lake as the seventh international marshland to come up with the strategies for solving the crisis.

"Hamoun lake is one of the most significant marshlands of our country, the destruction of whose ecosystems will leave adverse social and economical impacts on Iran, Afghanistan and in particular Sistan area," he added.

Reiterating the need for protection of Hamoun lake by international bodies, he said that they have to take measures to revive the damaged ecosystem in Sistan area.

"Flow of Hirmand river water towards Iranian border following recent rainfalls has had no effect on the lake," he added.

Hamoun lake measuring 4,000 square kilometers comprises three sections of Sabouri, Pouzan and Hirmand.

The city of Zabol with a population of 400,000 is located 205 kms to the north of the provincial capital of Zahedan and has 314 kms of common border with Afghanistan's Nemrooz province.

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