Karimian: Zarivar Lake Needs More Attention

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Written By Mostafa Moradi

Zarivar Lake Kurdistan Marivan Iran

Omid Karimian, the representative of Kurdistan province in Iranian parliament, says Marivan Lake is in vulnerable situations and the local government must find the best solutions to save this lake from future dehydration.

“Marivan Lake needs an urgent support from Iranian government. The residents of Kurdistan province don’t want to see a dry lake after several years. We should pay more attention to environment of Kurdistan as the province has enough potential to become a hub for Iranian travelers and foreigner tourists.” Omid Karimian remarked in an interview with Pars Herald.

Karimian also referred to the bitter destiny of Lake Urmia, a salt lake in northwestern Iran, near Iran’s border with Turkey. “Unfortunately Iranians have bad experience about the current conditions of Lake Urmia. Wrong policies have led to disasters in environment, and I think some actions need to be taken by Iranian government in this regard.”

Azeri residents have held several demonstrations to express their protests against Iranian government for their poor management about saving Lake Urmia. Analysts predict the similar fortunes for other small and medium lakes of the country.

Zarivar Lake is situated in the Iranian province of Kordestan west of Marivan and has a length of 5 km (3.1 mi) and a maximum width of 1.6 km (0.99 mi). The lake’s water is fresh and has a maximum depth of 6 metres (20 ft). Zerivar Lake is a major touristic attraction in the region.