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Armenia-Iran water deal questioned

Armenians are concerned that if water from Lake Sevan is used to save Iran's Urmia, the lake might never recover

Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and
the Caucasus region
Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region

Armenian ecologists are expressing concern about the possibility of selling water from Lake Sevan to help restore Iran's drying Lake Urmia. Lake Sevan, which is the only main source of fresh water in Armenia and the largest one in the Caucasus region, has already suffered serious consequences due to increased human activity.

Lake Urmia, October 2012. This spot used to have 
4 meters of water, the locals say
Lake Urmia, October 2012. This spot used to have
4 meters of water, the locals say
Yoosef Pooranvary

Now that the Sevan water levels have stabilized, specialists worry exporting water might cause irreversible damages on the ecosystem.

The Sevan temple complex on the peninsula of Lake Sevan, Armenia
The Sevan temple complex on the peninsula of Lake Sevan, Armenia

Armenia's Ministry of Nature Protection denied the rumors that water from Lake Seven will be used to save the quickly disappearing Lake Urmia in Iran.

Lake Urmia, Azerbaijan province, Iran
Lake Urmia, Azerbaijan province, Iran

Vanya is one of Eatglobe's contributing writers and our resident wine expert.

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