Iran: Reviving qanats amid worsening water crisis

Financial Tribune – Rehabilitation of qanats should be put on the agenda and the issue, unlike in the past, has drawn the attention of the Energy Ministry, the agriculture minister said Tuesday.

“The government is paying special attention to watershed management and we must solve problems in the key agricultural sector,” ISNA quoted Mahmoud Hojjati as saying.

It is being reported that policy and decision makers are gradually realizing that environmental sustainability, among other things, demands revival of qanats. “This is an indication that they are finally paying attention to this issue after decades,” Hojjati added.