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Iran: Bloggers campaign to save wetlands

Iran has great and diverse wetland ecosystem but unfortunately some of them are in very critical condition. Several green bloggers and journalists believe that the Iranian government has been careless about these wetlands. Their decision to construct roads and build dams have damaged them severely.

Green bloggers decided to launch a campaign, which runs July 5-10, to inform people and other bloggers about the beautiful wetland nature and their endangered status. They have also published several photos to show the beauty of the Anzali wetlands in contrast to its destruction.

Beauty and Peace

Anzali, in the north of Iran, is one of the most important wetlands and has attracted several bloggers’ attention. We can discover its peaceful nature thanks to Kossof, a leading photo blogger.

He also shows its beauty:

Mohsen Tizhoosh, a green blogger and activist, says [Fa] that we should launch a green campaign on the Internet in each season and promote environmental issues among bloggers. He also published another photo to remind us about the wild life in this area:

Destruction

Jamshidi, a blogger and journalist, says it seems that the Japanese care more about the Iranian wetlands than the Iranian government. She writes [Fa] that:

5 years ago, Japanese researchers and specialists studied the Anzali wetland and warned about the consequences of constructing a road… The government wants to construct an alternative road about 500 meters longer than this one, which will damage severely the Anzali wetland.

She adds “Japan paid the costs of the Anzali wetland studies. But now some people do not want to follow the environmental organization's advice because it costs too much.”

She has published several photos showing the destruction and the presence of security forces making way for the road construction:


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