TEHRAN – The country is facing a heavy water shortage, aforesaid Isa Kalantari, the chief of the Department of setting. Water ought to be at the middle of all the national programs and plans, he said, adding that industrial and agricultural development ought to fit the national Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) law, Mehr reported on the weekday.
No additional pressure ought to be obligatory on water resources and consequently, no new license is granted for prime water intense industries in Iran’s arid and semi-arid areas, Kalantari aforesaid.
No one opposes the country’s development and support for domestic production, however, “domestic production shouldn’t be supported at any price,” he added.
Iranian officers are repeatedly warning regarding water shortage within the country by victimization terms cherish ‘water shortage’ or ‘water bankruptcy’ and therefore they prefer to raise public awareness towards this extraordinarily serious issue.
The mean precipitation of the country has born considerably compared to long-run average. the info shows that Iran has skilled a 56-percent decrease in average precipitation over the amount from Gregorian calendar month 23-December twenty-five, 2017 compared to an identical amount within the long-term.
While global climate change is one among the most culprits of the decrease in average downfall the continual drought spell and water shortage within the country ar largely cursed on misdirection and shortsighted water management policies similarly as unsustainable agricultural practices.
Sustainable development, the main strategy
Referring to property development because of the main strategy of the Department of setting (DOE), he emphasized the department can solely join forces with organizations that move in this direction.
He more criticized the too official structure of the DOE through that totally different comes were granted their setting assessment license antecedently.
The license is required for creating positive that comes do not do any hurt to the setting and civil comes cannot be launched while not it.
Although the method had been hardened, there have been no police investigation or management overcomes once granting the license and that they may become prejudicious for the setting, he added.
According to the Sixth Five-Year Development set up (2016-2021), the Department of setting has solely a two-month point to assess the civil and biological process comes and if expired, comes are often launched with none want for environmental licenses, he highlighted.
Poverty vs. environment
Poverty and state can cause the destruction of the setting, Kalantari highlighted, adding that setting shouldn’t be a barrier to the event of the country.
Of course, this development ought to be within the property route, he emphasized.
According to international organization Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), economic condition and setting are closely interconnected. while individuals living in economic condition are rarely the principal creators of environmental harm, they typically bear the strength of environmental harm and are typically caught in a very downward spiral, whereby the poor are forced to eat up resources to survive, and this degradation of the setting more impoverishes individuals. once this self-reinforcing downward spiral becomes extreme, individuals are forced to maneuver in increasing numbers to marginal and ecologically fragile lands or to cities.
Need for additional analysis
As way as analysis and scientific activities are involved, the department is poor, he regretted.
Kalantari referred to as on analysis institutes and universities to hold out sensible researchers on totally different aspects of setting, particularly the consequences of sand and dirt storms on economy and health sector.
Limited budget, an excellent challenge
The department is additionally poor concerning the allotted budget, he regretted, adding that the budget of DOE does not match its wide selection of responsibilities and this can have the light-emitting diode to a growing concern for the new [Iranian calendar] year (starting on March 21).
In spite of all challenges like budget limitations, the Department of setting can “stand firm” where the country’s setting is vulnerable, he highlighted.
NGOs are auxiliary arms
Kalantari spoke NGOs because of the “auxiliary arms” of the organization. However, principles and methods of the country’s setting ought to be outlined by scientists and consultants and NGOs pressures shouldn’t cause parturition down these principles.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Kalantari noted that President Hassan Rouhani has noncommissioned four priorities for the country’s environment; waste management, combating sand and dirt storms, restoration of wetlands and improvement of air quality.
Current conditions have created the wetlands’ restoration programs thus onerous, however, “We can do our greatest to preserve the setting and follow the president’s priorities” he all over.