FAO to help resolve Iran’s water crisis

TEHRAN, Mar. 15 (MNA) – Deputy Minister for Agriculture Alimorad Akbari has reported on cooperation between Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Iran to alleviate existing water crisis.

On cooperation between Iran and FAO to address water crisis as well as to implement the international body’s ‘Regional Water Scarcity Initiative’, the Iranian official said “in the same line, a meeting was held with FAO officials two weeks earlier and currently protocols are being exchanged and contracts are being inked to tackle the ongoing water crisis with regional efforts and support.”

“Another session was also held recently with Daniel Calleja Crespo, Directorate-General for Environment is the European Commission department responsible for EU policy on the environment,” said Akbari adding “during the meeting, we made the proposal that Iran be selected as pilot of region in FAO’s initiative and receive grants given that infrastructure projects are being conducted in one million hectares of Iranian fields.”

In response to a question whether MoUs have been signed or any serious action has been taken, deputy Iranian agriculture minister said “relevant negotiations have been held and a working group has been formed in a bid to seek appropriate approached to become operational.”


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