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11/17/08

Photos: Hara Forests in Qeshm, Iran

Photos by Sajad Avarand, ISNA

 

جنگل‌هاي ‌ حرا - قشم

 

 

The Hara forests is the common name for mangrove forests on the southern coast of Iran, particularly on and near the island of Qeshm in the Persian Gulf. Dominated by the species Avicennia marina, known locally as the "hara" or "harra" tree, the forests represent an important ecological resource. The "Hara Protected Area" on Quesm and the nearly mainland is a biosphere reserve where commercial use is restricted to fishing (mainly shrimp), tourist boat trips, and limited mangrove cutting for animal feed.

 

 

Qeshm is an island situated in the Strait of Hormuz off the south coast of Iran and east of the Persian Gulf (2650′N 560′E / 26.833, 56). Qeshm Island is located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran, opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir. Qeshm is part of  Hormozgan Province on the southern coast of Iran. The island, which hosts a 300 square kilometer free zone jurisdiction, is 135 km long, and lies strategically in the Strait of Hormuz, just 60 kilometers from the Omani port of Khosab and about 180 kilometers from the UAE port of Rashia.

 






















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