80% of Iran’s wildlife destroyed in past 40 years

The Director General for Environmental Protection in Lorestan said that over the past four decades, 80 percent of the wildlife in the country have been destroyed, the state-run ISNA news agency reported on November 9, 2017.

“The environment is a challenge and necessity, which has become the biggest concern in the world today,” Mehrdad Fathi Biranvand added.

He said the area under the management of the Environmental Directorate of the province was 450,000 hectares, adding that “dozens of hectares of land burn every year, and that the change in the use of lands and drought in the wetlands are some other instances of disregard for nature.”

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