PayvandNews – Deputy energy minister announced that Iran and Germany have reached agreement over saving Zayanderud river.
A fresh round of talks between Iran and Germany over water and power industries kicked off in Tehran upon arrival of a delegation of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Education and Research headed by State Secretary Georg Schutte and attended by President of German Research Foundation Peter Hrsg V Strohschneider and head of Germany’s Max Planck Society Martin Stratmann.
The main axis of talks was implementation of research projects in water, power and renewable energy sectors aiming to increase efficiency in the country’s generation, transmission and distribution networks.
Deputy Energy Minister Aliakbar Mohajeri described details of new cooperation between Iran and Germany saying “the two sides hold a long history of collaboration in research areas though the ties were loosened during sanction year and were revived in the post-JCPOA era.”
The official underlined that grounds for bilateral cooperation have been prepared asserting “new round of talks have begun between Iranian and German firms.”
He pointed to the joint research working group between the two sides in water and power industries; “currently, 50 major research projects in various sectors have been defined.”
Mohajeri recalled that an important axis of joint cooperation with German firms revolved around production and distribution of electricity as well as construction of turbines.
Deputy energy minister deemed Germany as a pioneer country which can provide Iran with invaluable assistance.
The two sides have also reached agreement over financing and implementation of a comprehensive plan for integrated management of water resources along Zayanderud river in Iran.
Zayandeh Rud (summer 2002)
Better days of Zayandehrud (summer 2002) – click image to see high resolution
About Zayandehrud: Zayandehrud (life giver river) is the largest river on the central plateau of Iran, Isfahan Province (View Map). The Zayandeh starts in the Zagros Mountains and flows 400 kilometres (200 mi) eastward before ending in the Gavkhouni swamp, a seasonal salt lake, southeast of Esfahan city. The Zayandeh Rud is spanned by many historical Safavid era bridges, and flows through many parks. Zayandeh Rud normally has significant flow all year long, unlike many of Iran’s rivers which are seasonal. But in recent years, due to severe draught and diversion of water resources feeding the river, Zayandeh Rud has been completely drying up during the summer seasons.