Dr. Massoud Mansour, Deputy Minister and Head of FRWO, who visited Gachsaran forests on Monday, attended the Disaster Management Committee meeting in Kohgiluyeh & Boyer-Ahmad province chaired by Governor General, Hossein Kalantari with presence of a group of provincial officials and local authorities.

According to FRWO’s website, in this meeting, Dr. Mansour explained the situation in Gachsaran forests and said: "Sometimes local disputes cause serious damages to natural resources, but about 80 percent of human -induced fires occur accidentally."

He blamed the anthropogenic source in recent fires in the region and noted: "At least the six recent fires have been caused by people for cooking."

He highlighted the importance of the Zagros ecosystem in terms of ecological capacities and said: "The Zagros region should be given a special attention due to its rich biodiversity, and God willing, we are planning to equip the province with fire fighting facilities to protect forests and rangelands.

Dr. Mansour further noted that FRWO has classified forests in each ecological zone based on forest quantity and quality, that form a national classification standard for the provision of equipments, budgets and facilities to the provinces.

Head of FRWO reiterated a Quadra-lateral agreement will be reached between Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Defense, Management and Planning Organization (MPO), and FRWO soon aimed at aerial firefighting services by Ministry of Defense in case of emergencies up to the end of year.

He added that based on the decision of disaster management committee at FRWO all provinces will be equipped with drones and wireless system by the end of current year.

Dr. Mansour also noted that we have launched an early warning and monitoring center for natural resources management at FRWO Headquarters which comprises of the reconnaissance control system of natural resources, emergency 139 telephone line, satellite- based monitoring system, digital wireless system and fire warning and monitoring system in forests and rangelands including land -use changes to oversee forests and rangelands.

Head of FRWO urged that NRWD in the province has to identify critical fire hotspots, and establish observatory posts in areas with high fire incidence.

Dr. Mansour reiterated that FRWO in line with supporting volunteers , has made arrangement with insurance companies to cover for and probable accidents and damages incurred to volunteers.