UNESCO to List Iran's Hara Forests

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Iranian cultural officials have announced the decision to register Qeshm Island's Hara forests as a UNESCO natural heritage site.

Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization said that the registration is scheduled for 2009.

The Hara Forests commonly refer to the mangrove forests on Qeshm Island and in the Persian Gulf, which serve as an important ecological resource.

The tree is locally known as 'hara' or 'harra', which is scientifically named Avicennia marina after the renowned Iranian physician, Avicenna.

Hara forests are major habitats for migratory birds, reptiles, fish, and arthropods and bivalves.

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