Georgian Water in Exchange for Iranian Gas and Oil

Iran, in order to revive the ecosystem of Lake Urmia, has developed a new project which entails importing water from Armenia and Georgia in exchange for gas and oil - Iranian news agency Mehr reports.

The project has been discussed during the recent meetings between parliament speakers of Iran and Georgia. News of the above-mentioned project was initially denied by Massoud Tadzhrishi, the head of a research group responsible for implementing the program and by Aramayis Grigoryan, the Armenian Minister of Protection of Natural Resources.

According to Halil Sayin, a member of the Iranian working group for the project, the option of importing water from the Caspian Sea was also under consideration. “However, this project is too costly” he said, adding that importing water from Lake Van of Turkey was also being discussed.

As Iranian media reports, in the last 13 years, the water level of Lake Urmia has decreased by six meters.

22 September 2015 15:43