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Iran to Expand Cooperation with UNESCO in Water Affairs

By Soudabeh Sadigh

According to deputy minister in water affairs of Iran's Ministry of Energy, the Ministry is determined to expand its cooperation with UNESCO's division of water sciences in various fields such as financing and water trade market.

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Tehran, 21 February 2007 (CHN) -- In a meeting with Dr. Andras Szollozy Nagi, director of water sciences of UNESCO, Rasool Zargar, deputy minister in water affairs of Iran's Ministry of Energy and chairman of Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage, gave a comprehensive report about the activities of this committee to UNESCO.

"We have submitted the biennial program of the Committee to UNESCO's division of water sciences, according to which we are planning our activities," said Zargar to CHN.

In the meeting which was held with the presence of Abdin Salih, director of UNESCO's Cluster Office in Tehran, Ali Asghar Semsar Yazdi, chairman of the International Center on Qanats (aqueducts) which was established by Iran with the cooperation of UNESCO in the city of Yazd, central Iran, in March 2005, gave a comprehensive report of the activities of this center.

Expressing his satisfaction with the achievements of this center, Professor Szollozy Nagi made some suggestions for improving the activities of the Center.

According to Semsar Yazdi, Iranian National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage will cooperate with UNESCO's division of water sciences in holding international conferences, workshops, restoring and reviving historical aqueducts in Iran, etc.

In the recent years, Iran has taken some useful steps towards water management as well as renovating some old techniques in irrigation with a special focus on aqueducts with the cooperation of UNESCO The most recent event was organizing the International Conference on Water Management in the Islamic Countries which was held during 19th and 20th of February 2007 in Tehran, in an attempt to discuss the main challenges the Islamic countries have to confront with for their water management. During the conference, some strategies and priorities on water resources planning and management were suggested.

According to the International Center on Qanats, Iran has 30,000 active aqueducts. Based on historical evidence, aqueducts originated in Iran some 2500 years ago and then the technique was spread to Europe during the Middle Ages and was then taken to America.

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