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Inundation of Sivand Dam is Threat to both Cultural and Natural Heritage


28 September 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- In addition to the archeological sites and their remains which will be submerged by the inundation of Sivand Dam in Bolaghi Valley, Fars province, 8000 trees will also be destroyed once the dam is flooded, bringing a cultural and natural disaster to the region.


“Once again we are witnessing the destruction of thousands of trees due to inundation of a dam just like what happened with the inauguration of Karun 3 Dam in Khuzestan province, and all our previous warnings are again being neglected,” said Dr. Peyman Yousefi Azari, director of Forest department of Iran’s Forest and Pasture Organization.


According to Azari, destruction of large number of trees in Bolaghi Valley area is against Article 71 of Iran’s Fourth Development Program which says that the development projects must not harm the ecosystem.


Azari also pointed out that destruction of natural resources and erosion of the soil will cause serious damages to the agriculture of the region.


“Demolition of natural resources such as forests, pastures, and plant coverage will result in reduction of underground waters and shortage of raining which are all consequences of destroying the ecosystem and environment. Sustainable development is defined as one in which regulations to preserve the ecosystem are incorporated into the development projects including dam constructions,” added Azari.


Azari also called on Iran’s Islamic Republic Ministry of Energy to consider all the damages which may be caused to the environment and the ecosystem of a region before initiating its projects.


Bolaghi Valley is a historic site located 4 kilometers from the world heritage Pasargadae, and with the humidity changes, which artificially would be created by the dam, are going to be the key threat to the ancient site.


Construction of the Sivand Dam in this region is a great threat to both cultural and natural heritage of Iran. Currently, a large number of Iranian and foreign archeologists are engaged with the salvation project to save the remaining historic evidence in the region before inauguration of the Dam.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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