Official highlights importance of desertification control programs

08 Aug 2010, Iran --- Water has left the path to salt drifts, dry shrubs and abandoned piers. Lake Urmia, Iran. -- The third largest salt water lake in the world is drying up fast, as experts fear another environmental disaster in the Aral Sea. Lake Urmia, Iran. July 2011. --- Image by © Alessandro  Marongiu / Demotix/Demotix/Corbis

08 Aug 2010, Iran — Water has left the path to salt drifts, dry shrubs and abandoned piers. Lake Urmia, Iran. — The third largest salt water lake in the world is drying up fast, as experts fear another environmental disaster in the Aral Sea. Lake Urmia, Iran. July 2011. — Image by © Alessandro Marongiu / Demotix/Demotix/Corbis

Shiraz, Fars Prov., March 15, IRNA – Head of the Forests, Range & Watershed Management Organization Kazem Jalali said on Sunday that 7.5 million hectares of deserts in Iran are the main cause of degradation of environment.

Speaking to IRNA on the sidelines of a green belt project in Kazerun, Jalali said the Organization has been successful to launch desertification control program on the center and east of the country and such a trend needs to continue.

He said the organization has increased the budget for the project by 600 billion rials, compared to 300 billion rials the previous year.

Desertification means land degradation of environment in arid, semi- arid and dry sub-humid area resulting from various factors, including climate diversity and human activities.

Desertification can only be reversed through profound changes in local and international behavior, these changes will ultimately lead to sustainable land use and food security for the growing population of the world.

Due to Iran’s geographical situation and topographical features, about 80% of Iran’s total area have arid or semiarid climate.

By IRNA