Iran un­veils ‘No Need to Worry’ doc­u­men­tary on Hyr­ca­nian forests

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The Ira­nian doc­u­men­tary ‘No Need to Worry’ was un­veiled de­pict­ing the grad­ual de­struc­tion of Hyr­ca­nian forests of the Caspian Sea due to im­proper waste dis­posal.

The un­veil­ing of the 25-minute doc­u­men­tary took place at the Cen­ter for Strate­gic Stud­ies with Hes­samod­din Ashna, the head of the cen­ter and ad­vi­sor to the pres­i­dent at­tend­ing. Also in at­ten­dance were au­thor­i­ties from Iran Min­istry of In­te­rior, De­part­ment of the En­vi­ron­ment and top rank­ing of­fi­cials from Gi­lan and Mazan­daran coastal prov­inces, Press TV re­ported.

The film’s di­rec­tor and pro­ducer along with a group of en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists and ex­perts were also present in the meet­ing.

Af­ter the screen­ing of the film, Ashna ex­pressed con­cerns over waste man­age­ment in gen­eral and waste man­age­ment of north­ern parts of Iran in par­tic­u­lar, stress­ing the fact that mis­man­age­ment of such has turned what seemed to be a short-term so­lu­tion in the past into a per­ma­nent long-term prob­lem in the present.

“Only two choices stand be­fore us, ei­ther to con­tinue val­i­dat­ing the pre­vi­ous de­ci­sions or to ac­knowl­edge the mis­takes that were made so that cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will not have to suf­fer the con­se­quences,” he said.

He pro­posed in­creas­ing ac­count­abil­ity and pub­lic aware­ness re­gard­ing waste as means of ad­dress­ing the is­sue.

“We need to in­form the so­ci­ety that cer­tain solutions do ac­tu­ally ex­ist and in turn to reach a con­sen­sus on the ex­is­tence of such solutions,” the ad­vi­sor to the pres­i­dent said.

“Ac­cord­ing to the film’s nar­ra­tive and that of the en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivists and ex­perts we can con­clude that the less we pro­duce waste, thus the less we pol­lute the na­ture, the eas­ier it will be to pre­vent par­tic­u­lar is­sues and prob­lems,” he said.

The film’s pro­ducer pointed out the high num­ber of films pro­duced fo­cus­ing on con­cerns say­ing.

“We pro­duce an av­er­age of 30 films per year that are mainly spon­sored by Owj Arts and Me­dia Or­ga­ni­za­tion but we are lit­er­ally ex­hausted since they do not have the de­sired im­pact and most of which do not even get a chance of broad­cast on Tele­vi­sion.”

“The ef­forts to bring closer the govern­ment’s and the peo­ple’s per­cep­tion on the mat­ter through so­cial pro­duc­tion of such films is of lit­tle or no avail. Nu­mer­ous meet­ings are con­ducted and a lot of things are said but noth­ing has had a note­wor­thy im­pact on al­le­vi­at­ing the prob­lems. We are head­ing to­wards de­struc­tion at full speed,” he added.

‘No Need to Worry’ doc­u­ments ef­forts of an en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, Alireza Fala­hatkar, who ed­u­cates vil­lage ad­min­is­tra­tors re­gard­ing waste sep­a­ra­tion in one of the best land­fill sites in Mazan­daran Prov­ince.

The an­cient Caspian Hyr­ca­nian mixed forests date back be­tween 25 to 50 mil­lion years and cover an 850 kilo­me­ter­long stretch of lush low­land and moun­tain wood­lands span­ning Iran’s north­east­ern and north­ern re­gions bor­der­ing the Caspian Sea.

The re­gion is known to have a re­mark­able floris­tic bio­di­ver­sity and hosts a wide va­ri­ety of an­i­mal species — in­clud­ing 296 bird and 98 mam­mal species — and some 150 plant species.

Dur­ing the past decade many fac­tors have threat­ened the well-be­ing of this unique for­est in­clud­ing il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity, ex­ces­sive con­struc­tion and im­proper waste dis­posal.


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