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Japan to invest $2M to revive Iran's Anzali lagoon

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December 16
6:21 AM 2013

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will make a $2 million investment in three projects for the revival of the Anzali lagoon in Iran. This was according to Amir Abdous, the head of the Gilan Province Environment Protection. The said source was cited in a December 16 report by IRNA news agency, wrote Trend.

In the first phase of the said project, Iranian experts were flown to Japan for a 15-day workshop on methods of managing similar ecosystems in Iran. From February 2003 to March 2005, the JICA implemented "the Study on Integrated Management for Ecosystem Conservation of the Anzali Lagoon," the report detailed.

In October 2006, the JICA started collecting information and coordinating with the Government of Iran for the project. The "Anzali Lagoon Ecological Management Project" was commenced in November 2007, the report stated.

The Anzali Lagoon is an area about 193 square kilometers globally known as migratory birds' habitat. The said lagoon is located on Caspian Sea's southern coast. Due to the effects of the inflow of soil, wastewater, solid waste, and sewerage, the Anzali Lagoon has been degraded, Trend reported.

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