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IRAN, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF : Revival And Development Of Banyan Trees In Naiband Bay.

Revival and Development of banyan forests in Naiband has started in collaboration with the South Pars Gas Complex, supervised by the office of Naiband National Marine Park, by planting two thousand young Banyan trees in "Halleh" estuary.

According to the public relations of Pars Special Zone, the conservationist of the protected region of Naiband made the above statement adding: "The first stage of planting young Banyan trees has successfully ended in "Halleh" estuary and about two thousand young trees have been planted in this stage so far, supervised by the "HSE" personnel of the Environmental Protection Unit of the South Pars Gas Complex.

Stating that another stage of planting of about two thousand other young trees is planned to be carried out until the end of the Iranian calendar month of Day (Jan. 2012), Mostafa Moazeni reminded: "The objective of launching this program is not only the revival and development of Banyan trees in Naiband, but it is aimed at the public participation in the operational -environmental plans, particularly by the owners of the industries based in Asalouyeh."

Environmental conflicts together with known and unknown factors have caused the dying of some of the existing Banyan trees in the estuaries located in Naiband Bay. In order to save these rare and protected trees, their planting in suitable places has been put on the agenda of Naiband National Marine Park, he said.

Moazeni further added that although planting this number of trees may serve as a symbolic action in line with the revival of the Banyan trees, but it must also be maintained and supported.

Banyans are naturally slow growing trees and are highly resistant against alkalinity; however, since few young trees survive, it is necessary to replace them with annual plantings. Fortunately, these trees do not share the manifold problems of those planted in land, like irrigation, fertilization and so on, and their cost of maintenance is much lower compared with the other choices of landscaping, and in case of proper maintenance, they can greatly assist in covering the special region, the conservationist of Naiband protected region explained.

Moazeni went on saying that Banyan colonies are considered among the most significant habitats of the world with remarkable environmental varieties consisting of marine organisms and birds, and they play an important role in ecotourism as well.

He expressed hope that with the financial support of the South Pars Gas Complex in this plan, the man-made forestation in "Halleh" estuary (the protected region of Naiband National Marine Park) continues and will serve as an example to attract the participation of the other industries in the region as well, in order to revive and develop the environment in Asaluyeh and Naiband.

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