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Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy Two - 26 August 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Three Hundred and Seventy Two - 26 August 2023 - Page 7

Restoring Bakhtegan and Parishan wetlands a priority

The Governor of Fars province emphasized the significance and evident role of restoring Bakhtegan and Parishan wetlands for the well-being of people, making it a top priority.
During the 16th meeting of the Fars Wetland Restoration Headquarters, focusing on reviving Bakhtegan and Parishan wetlands, Mohammad Hadi Imaniyeh expressed concern about the impact of these two dry wetlands on the health of local communities. The drying process generates fine dust that negatively affects people’s health, underscoring the need to restore them with utmost care, ISNA reported.
Imaniyeh further stressed that environmental organizations, regional water authorities, and agricultural entities hold direct responsibility for restoring these crucial wetlands.
The governor outlined several proposed measures for restoration efforts in their catchment areas. These include promoting pressure irrigation methods while sealing unauthorized wells. Additionally, encouraging reforms in cultivation patterns and implementing effective watershed management near these wetlands are gaining momentum.
Imaniyeh mentioned one specific program aimed at accelerating water transfer from Nargesi dam to alleviate issues faced by Parishan wetland. However, he also emphasized that closure of unauthorized wells along the lagoon’s edge is necessary before allowing farmers access to this water resource.
Highlighting concerns over both Bakhtegan and Parishan wetlands’ complete drying up, Director General of Fars Environmental Protection acknowledged Governor Imaniyeh’s support as well as actions taken by responsible organizations towards their restoration. He underlined how this dire situation poses significant problems for local communities and neighboring villages.
Pourshirzad revealed that studies indicate a staggering 15-meter drop in water levels at Parishan wetland due to approximately 1,200 wells dug around it – 30 percent being unauthorized – a major factor contributing to its depletion.
Moreover, there are around 20,000 wells surrounding Bakhtegan lagoon; again with 30 percent being unauthorized extractions which have resulted in its dryness. The absence of water in these wetlands not only creates a breeding ground for harmful fine dust but also poses a threat to citizens’ health.
The Director General of Fars Environment further emphasized the impact of Bakhtegan’s dry state on seven neighboring cities, leaving them vulnerable to the adverse effects of fine dust.

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