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Iranian Cyclist Attempts to Save Caspian Sea

For the first time, a young Iranian cyclist will pedal through all countries of the Caspian Sea region in order to encourage them to save the ecosystem of the region.

Tehran, 18 May 2006 (CHN) -- With the supports received from the United Nations and Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Kaveh Farahmand, a 22 year old Iranian cyclist, is determined to pedal through the Caspian Sea regional countries with the aim of raising the public awareness about environmental threats posed to Caspian Sea due to economic exploitations of its regional countries.

Farahmand also said to CHN that among his other goals are conveying Iranian's message of peace and friendship to their neighbors, promoting the culture of bicycling, bringing to the surface cultural commonalities of the Caspian Sea regional countries and urging them to preserve the unique ecosystem of Caspian Sea through familiarizing non-governmental organizations of the Caspian Sea regional countries with one another, and informing the residents of these countries of conventions and organizations relating to the Caspian Sea.

"My trip was first supposed to be sponsored by Iran's Bicycle Federation and was scheduled to take only 30 days all together. But later on, since the Bicycle Federation did not show its support and while my purpose from this journey is to support the environment, it was backed by the United Nations and now my trip might take a bit longer," said Farahmand.

He will be covering a round-trip distance of 5,200 kilometers and will pass Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan. However, due to some security reasons, Farahmand may not pass through parts of Chechnya and north Kazakhstan by his bicycle and would use other transportations instead. This trip required about 10,000 US dollars and Iran Radiator Company has announced its readiness for its financial supports.

... Payvand News - 5/19/06 ... --

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