Source: Mehr News Agency
Urmia Lake Restoration Committee spokesman has said the committee has prepared a 10-year plan to restore the Lake Urmia. Davoud Reza Arab, who was speaking in the 2nd press conference of the ULRC today, told the press that the committee had prepared a 9-year plan to restore the lake, with 2023 being the year when the lake would have been completely restored.
Only 7% of Lake Urmia water is left
cartoon by Amin Montazeri, Shargh
"The current year and the next year will be the 'stabilization' period; and six years of 2016-2022 will be restoration period for the Lake," said the spokesman, "we have used the expert views of more than 500 academicians and 50 other experts from overseas, with 25 bills delivered to the cabinet which it passed on June 29."
Arab also predicted that with reduction of water consumption in agricultural sector, around 1.7 billion cubic meters of water would be saved for the lake."We have no other way than reducing the water used in agriculture," he said.
Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square).
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Iran will spend half a billion dollars just in the first year in a bid to revive the once-enormous Lake Urmia, which has shrunk almost to nothing in the last two decades. The money will mostly go to water management, reducing farmers' water use, and restoring the local environment, says Naser Agh of Urmia University, who is a member of the steering committee of the Lake Urmia restoration programme.
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