Head of FRWO said that forty percent of the country's water is stored by the Zagros' vegetation cover and gradually released.
According to FRWO's website,
Massoud Mansour during his trip to Kazerun and Kuh Chenar cities of Fars province, stating that the rights including the right to life and human security and safeguard the vital core of all human lives from critical pervasive threats, besides food security are the most important human rights in society, reiterated: "Forests are public wealth and belong to the people in all historical periods and the next generation, and FRWO through natural resources management should be able to protect the public wealth of the people".
Deputy Minister noted that 40% of the country's water is stored by the Zagros vegetation and is gradually released. Considering dust storm environmental impact on the country and the role of forests in absorbing dust, the vital importance of these fundamental resources is evident.
Emphasizing that 16.4 tons of soil per hectare is prone to water erosion annually, which is reduced by at least 9 cubic meters with watershed management operations, he said: "One of the main ways to maintain the fundamental resources is the implementation of IWM projects.
In recent years, 3,500 qanats have been rehabilitated through the
implementation of Integrated Watershed Management (IWM) projects and aquifer management
activities, which have caused some people who had migrated due to the drying up
of the qanats to return to their hometowns.
He called on the political authorities of the region to help the allocation
of the budget of the watershed management sector to this city.
Mansour stated: "In order to equip the facilities of watershed management operations, 70 billion RLs should be added to the budget that was previously allocated to the cities of Kuh Chenar and Kazerun."