This Statement by ArcDH updates the 51st Session in relation to Lake Urmia, which is on the brink of a catastrophic demise.
Yet it was a vibrant (1) source of ecology and the environment in the heart of Azerbaijan only 20 years ago. Every year, it needs at least 3 Billion Cubic Meters (BCM) of water to maintain its vibrancy .
In the last 20 years, the Iranian government has effectively cut off this flow and so has been forcing 90% of the lake to dry up.
Only since last year, the lake has shrunk by an additional 32%! If the Iranian government carries on with its past intriguing ways, Lake Urmia will disappear.