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Publish Date: 14 May 2016 - 16:08
On May 14, 2016, in Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan province,United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at a ceremony in southeast of Iran presented a plaque to the Iranian officials for registration of Hamoun Lake in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
ECO-IEST: On May 14, 2016, in Zabol, Sistan-Baluchestan province, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at a ceremony in southeast of Iran presented a plaque to the Iranian officials for registration of Hamoun Lake in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Due to attend the ceremony, Head of the Department of Environment of Iran Massoumeh Ebtekar, Director of UNESCO's Cluster Office in Tehran Esther Kuisch Laroche,  UN Resident Coordinator in Iran Gary Lewis and Director of Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences Secretary, Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme Han Qunli arrived in this southeastern Iranian province on Saturday.

Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, President, Dr. Sasan Rabieh ,Coordinator of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) and Dr. Seyed Jalaleddin Alavi Sabzevari, ECO Deputy Secretary General participated at this ceremony.
Dr Fazel was also a member of the negotiating team at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves which  was held on March 2016 at Lima in Peru, that  lead to joined Hamoun to the UNESCOs World Network of Biosphere Reserves.



She noted that a total of 700 biosphere reserves from 120 countries have been registered by UNESCO so far.

She said Hamoun biosphere reserve which is located in north of the province is of particular significance given the fact that it stretches in both desert and semi-desert climate inside Iran and Afghanistan and enjoys many sources of drinking water and large rivers with huge discharges.
She also said that the identification of 30 kinds of mammals in the area has added to the ecological value of the area.

She said that since the lake is home to many kinds of birds and aquatic creatures which are of importance both for Iran and Afghanistan, the registration process of this biosphere reserve has already started.

She said talks are also underway with Afghanistan to get the lake registered as a biosphere reserve there as well. 

About Hamoun:

Hamoun (Iran)—Located in the southeast of the country, the biosphere reserve includes terrestrial and wetland ecosystems with a total of seven habitat types, including desert and semi-desert areas, as well as Hamoun Lake, with its marshlands and watersheds. The three wetlands of the biosphere reserve are the most important in the region. 
The area is a hot spot for migratory birds (183 species) and home to 30 mammal species, and 55 plant species. The site is also valuable culturally due to the presence of important historical monuments and ancient temples such as Mount Kooh Khajeh and Shahr-e-Soukhteh.

Source: Irna
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