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Petitioning UNESCO Mrs.Irina Bokova and 28 others

Petition to Save Lake Urmia

Lake Urmia Is Drying Up

Lake Urmia, the largest lake in the Middle East and one of the unique ecosystems of the world, is registered as Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO and listed as a wetland of international importance under the 1971 Ramsar Convention.
Over the last several years, Lake Urmia has shrunk significantly and its depth has fallen by seven meters. According to UNEP report published at GEAS (February 2012) as a result of drying the lake vase amount of salt will be exposed to wind and consequently it will impact life of 76 million people living in Iran and neighboring countries such as Iraq, Turkey and Azerbaijan.

This petition was delivered to:
  • UNESCO
    Mrs.Irina Bokova
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Ahmad Dehghan
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Hossein Ganjidoust
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Mohammad Hashemi
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Haleh Hashemi Sohi
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Zohreh Taheri
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Hamid Reza Tashauoei
  • Religious leader
    Grand Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi
  • Religious leader
    Grand Ayatollah Sistani
  • Religious leader
    Grand Ayatollah Safaii Farahani
  • Religious leader
    Grand Ayatollah Makarem
  • Lake Urmia Conservation Institute (LUCI)
    Chair-AN
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Hadi Soleimanpour
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Mahin Gazani
  • Ramsar National Focal Point
    Javad Momeni
  • Wetlands Expert
    Arezu Ashrafizadeh
  • UNESCO
    Mr. Natarajan Ishwaran
  • RAMSAR
    Anada Tiéga
  • RAMSAR
    Nick Davidson
  • RAMSAR
    Saber Masoomi
  • RAMSAR
    Heather McKay
  • RAMSAR
    Rebecca D'Cruz
  • BirdLife International
    Vicky Jones
  • Integrated Water Management Institute
    Matthew McCartney
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature
    Mark Smith
  • Wetlands International
    Ritesh Kumar
  • President of Islamic Republic of Iran
    President Ahmadinejad
  • Director General for Wetlands and National Parks
    Masoud Bagherzadeh Karimi
  • Iranian National Committee for Man and the Biosphere (MAB)
    Abdollah Sedaghat Kerdar


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