Lake Urmia, north-western Iran, was once the largest salt-water lake in the Middle East. It has been in a critical condition for many years.
Iran hailed Japan’s collaboration in restoration of Lake Urmia through empowering rural women and optimizing water consumption patterns and agricultural methods around the lake.
The two nations have undertaken efforts to empower women residing in 70 villages around Lake Urmia, chief of Iran’s Department of Environment Ma’soumeh Ebtekar said.
She made the remarks during the first Symposium of Iran-Japan on Women, Peace and Sustainable Development which was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran on May 9, 2016.