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IUCN regional director: Iran can exert positive ecosystem initiatives

TEHRAN, July 6 (ISNA)-Regional director of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) stated that many countries following the U.S. were inattentive to the Kyoto protocol.

In 1998, several countries agreed to the Kyoto Protocol, a proposed amendment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The agreement commits nations to reduce their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. The U.S. has not ratified the treaty, which is due to expire in 2012.

"This is one of the most controversial issues that has made the ecosystem face many problems, therefore it is absolutely necessary for all countries to try solving this problem," the IUCN regional director Odeh R. Al-Jayyousi told ISNA on a recent trip to Iran.

He further stated that some countries like China and India were wrongly imitating the U.S. and hadn't entered the IUCN treaty.

He also noted that the U.S. ecologic model was based on economical advantages and in addition to ruining the ecosystem; it was of a highly consuming and potentiality apt to bring forth serious harms to natural resources.

In another part of the interview, IUCN director referred to Iran as a country with "rich ecological diversity" and many conserved regions.

He expressed hope that Iran and other regional countries would exert positive initiatives regarding the progress of world ecosystem.

"Rules are just means, therefore conserving nature calls for a change and reformation in the views of the society and people," he asserted.

He further added that the union was trying to help regional countries, particularly Lebanon with the destructive consequences of war to the ecosystem.

"One of the silent victims of war is Nature. War destroys and ruins the riches of nature including plants, trees, water, fish and oxygen," he said.

"There are two kinds of capitals in the world. One is the social capital city and the other is the natural, meaning nature itself," he added.

Al-Jayyousi informed that based on studies, in the recent war in Lebanon over 25 thousand fisherman became unemployed due water contamination.

"One of the disastrous consequences of war is water contamination. Moreover it endangers occupations of many individuals who are somehow related to this portion of the ecosystem and generate many diseases in human beings," he said.

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