The ceremony of delivery and distribution of equipment and infrastructure required for empowering the residents of Hamoon Wetland Takhtak was held on November 21, 2021, at the governor’s office of Nimrouz city in Sistan and Baluchestan province. The governor of Nimrouz city, the acting national manager of the Sistan project, the head of the Zabul veterinary department, representatives of the department of environment, nomadic affairs, and agricultural jihad of the province attended the meeting.
Ghahramani, the governor of Nimrouz city, while thanking the agents of the Sistan project for preparing and distributing the necessary equipment for the residents of Takhtak; Invited the executive bodies to coordinate and cooperate. He also stressed that the presence of this project and its operational measures could be considered a point of hope for the residents of Sistan in a way that we can see a decrease in migration in the region.
Falsafizadeh, the head of “Sistan Project”, while thanking the cooperation and support of all parties in charge of implementing the project measures; explained some of the activities carried out by the project in various fields of water and soil management and local economic development and the need for a collective agreement for the success of the project.
Sargazi, head of the Zabul Veterinary Department, thanked the Sistan project for facilitating the supply of required medical equipment, acknowledging that it was the highest delivery rate of animal health items in the region. He also added that the collection of health items was done entirely through local pharmacies, strengthening local businesses in the area. He said that the necessary training on using these items has been done simultaneously by the Zabul city veterinary department and asked the Sistan project to hold animal health training programs in other villages around the wetland.
Following this meeting, the members went to the location of the tankers and the items were handed over to the representatives of the local community. These items included 80 water tankers, 10 solar panels, 400 liters of poison, 320 liters of anti-parasitic syrup, five tons of mineral bricks and 10 sprayers.
The project “Providing the necessary equipment and infrastructure to promote resilience and empowerment of Takhtak people in support of Sistani cattle breeding in the face of water stress and drought in the region”, in the form of a short-term plan took place by “Sistan Project” with the cooperation and coordination of Zabol Veterinary Office, Jihad Agriculture, Sistan Agricultural Research Center, nomadic affairs, Sistan and Baluchestan General Department of Environmental and Nimrouz Governorate.
“Takhtak” refers to the small protruding beds of Hamoun wetland. When the wetland is abundant in water, some families of ranchers and fishermen live in these beds. Now, despite the drying up of the wetland, these people still live in Takhtak and are engaged in livestock.
The project “Enhancing integrated natural resource management for the restoration of wetland ecosystems and support to alternative livelihoods development of local communities,” abbreviated as the Sistan Project is a joint project, which is launched in 2020 with specific objectives for the following five years between the Iranian Department of Environment (DoE) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP), which is funded by the European Union (EU).