Speaking on Friday in a meeting with elites and environmental
activists, which was held on the occasion of the anniversary of the
announcement of general environmental policies by the Supreme Leader, President
Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi called
the forests a great national treasure and Stressed preservation of forests for future
generations, and praised the forest rangers for their efforts in protecting
According to FRWO's website, in this meeting, President Raisi said
that the forests are great public wealth and its preservation is vital for
future generations, and we should always be more serious in the preservation
and protection of great national wealth, and do not forget that neglecting
these great assets can harm the country.
He referring to the occasion
of the anniversary of the announcement of general environmental policies by the
Supreme Leader reiterated: "The philosophy of this meeting is to review
and follow the implementation of announced policies".
Emphasizing the importance of convening specialized meetings to
review and follow the general policies of the system in various fields, the
President said, "In such meetings, the reason for non-implementation of
some of the policies approved by the system should be reviewed and obstacles to
full implementation of these policies should be removed".
Referring to the necessity and importance of paying attention to
the environment, the President said, "Human society should be sensitive to
aggression against the environment.
Ayatollah Raisi added, "Preservation of the environment should
be considered as a divine gift for human life and all living beings, and in
this regard, it is necessary to create structures appropriate to this great
mission and correct some incorrect behaviours".
Emphasizing the priority of paying attention to the environment
over development and economic activity, and that development is a subset of the
environment, the President said, "Although development and economic
activities are a necessary issue, they must have an environmental attachment
and pay attention to the environment".
Pointing out that water shortage is a problem for all people in
different provinces today, the President said, "During provincial trips,
the most important problem that people demand is water supply, and in this
regard, I believe we should pay attention to water management in the country".
Ayatollah Raisi considered the importance of providing education in
environmental protection necessary and said, "Today, it is necessary for
the mass media, universities, constituencies and tribune holders to play a role
in the field of education".
The President considered it necessary to pay attention to the
capacities and capabilities of different regions of the country and said,
"Undoubtedly, universities have studies in these fields and can identify
the capabilities of each province with a specialized view, and the government
is obliged to activate the capacities from these findings".
Referring to the problem of waste in the country, Dr Raisi said,
"To overcome this problem, we need to create an active mechanism for waste
management in the country, and the creation of such a complex is necessary to
resolve issues related to waste in a centralized manner".
Referring to the importance of participation of people and
non-governmental organizations in environmental protection, Dr Raisi said,
"Non-governmental organizations have a valuable role in the field of
environment and people's activities in this field should be supported and these
are the best support for the government".
The President stated, "Paying attention to the environment is
not limited to a specific period of time and we should always be concerned