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6/21/06

Caspian's Ashouradeh Island, tourist village, global habitat

Tehran, June 19, IRNA-Ashouradeh Island is situated at the easternmost end of Miyankaleh peninsula to the north east of Gorgan Bay.

In old day, the islanders separated it from Miyankaleh Peninsula by digging a channel.

Today, the island's life is limited to fishery establishments and its raspberry bushes serve as a shelter to the jackals, which were doomed to stay in this sandy island for their lifetime once Ashouradeh was separated from Miyankaleh peninsula.

For many of the residents of Golestan province, Ashouradeh is a waterless and plantless island, where there is no flow of life.

Meanwhile, tourists consider it as the only Caspian Sea island with sandy grounds, sour pomegranate trees and raspberry bushes and sturgeon.

Though Ashouradeh is not quite favorable from industrial and agricultural point of view, in the Third Development Plan, some projects for promotion of tourism in Golestan province and detailed programs to turn it into a tourist hub are included.

Miyankaleh peninsula, with an area of 97,000 hectares, was registered as an environmentally protected area under the auspices of Department of Environment in 1969 and was named as a wild life habitat in 1974.

The peninsula along with Gorgan Bay was registered in 1969 as the international marshlands under Ramsar Convention and later in 1976 it was declared by UNESCO as a Global Habitat Reserve.

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