Department of Environment (Iran)

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Department of Environment
سازمان حفاظت محیط زیست
Agency overview
HeadquartersTehran, Iran
Agency executive

The Iranian Department of Environment is a governmental organization, under the supervision of the president, that is responsible for matters related to safeguarding the environment.

The origins of the department can be traced back to the Hunting Club of Iran, established in 1956. Later, it developed into an organization overseeing hunting and fishing activities in the country. In 1971 the organization changed its name to its current one, and notably has hosted the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance in the city of Ramsar on the same year.

Today the organization maintains a list of four types of protected areas as follows:[1][2]

An Iranian parliamentarian, Mohammad Javad Nazari-Maehr, on Sept. 18 proposed that Iran's Department of Environment be merged with Iran's Forestry, Rangeland and Watershed Department and converted into a ministry. (Tasnim News Agency)

Massoumeh Ebtekar, the head of Iran’s Department of Environment, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, warned that Western sanctions have inflicted irreparable damage to the environment not just in Iran, but also in the region and the world.

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  1. ^ "The Iranian DoE Website".
  2. ^ "74 Iranian wildlife species red-listed by Environment Department".

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