Mansour, Deputy Minister and Head of FRWO, who visited Gachsaran forests on
Monday, attended the Disaster
Management Committee meeting in Kohgiluyeh &
Boyer-Ahmad province chaired by Governor General, Hossein Kalantari with
presence of a group of provincial officials and local authorities.
According to FRWO’s website, in this meeting, Dr. Mansour explained the situation in Gachsaran forests and said: "Sometimes local disputes cause serious damages to natural resources, but about 80 percent of human -induced fires occur accidentally."
He blamed the anthropogenic source in recent fires in the region
and noted: "At least the six recent fires have been caused by people for
He highlighted the importance of the Zagros ecosystem in terms of
ecological capacities and said: "The Zagros region should be given a special
attention due to its rich biodiversity, and God willing, we are planning to
equip the province with fire fighting facilities to protect forests and rangelands.
Dr. Mansour further noted that FRWO has classified forests in each
ecological zone based on forest quantity and quality, that form a national
classification standard for the provision of equipments, budgets and facilities
to the provinces.
Head of FRWO reiterated a Quadra-lateral agreement will be reached
between Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Defense, Management and Planning
Organization (MPO), and FRWO soon aimed at aerial firefighting services by Ministry
of Defense in case of emergencies up to the end of year.
He added that based on the decision of disaster management
committee at FRWO all provinces will be equipped with drones and wireless system by
the end of current year.
Dr. Mansour also noted that we have launched an early warning and monitoring
center for natural resources management at FRWO Headquarters which comprises of the reconnaissance control system of natural
resources, emergency 139 telephone line, satellite- based monitoring system,
digital wireless system and fire warning and monitoring system in forests and
rangelands including land -use changes to oversee forests and rangelands.
Head of FRWO urged that NRWD in the province has to identify
critical fire hotspots, and establish observatory posts in areas with high fire
Dr. Mansour reiterated that FRWO in line with supporting volunteers
, has made arrangement with insurance companies to cover for and probable
accidents and damages incurred to volunteers.