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Iran sends file of 11 Qanats to be put on UNESCO heritage list (1394/06/24)

Advisor to Deputy Head of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Hadi Ahmadi said on Monday that the file for registration of 11 Iranian ancient Qanats on the world cultural heritage list has been forwarded to UNESCO.
 Iran sends file of 11 Qanats to be put on UNESCO heritage list

Speaking on the sidelines of visit of Kazuya Yamauchi, the Head of the Regional Environment Research Section and UNESCO evaluator, to Ebrahimabad Qanat of Arak, Ahmadi said the Qanats were identified in terms of antiquity, repair and type of preservation on the list of 36,000 Qanats and their file has been sent to the UNESCO for placement on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Ahamdi said that UNSCO evaluator has inspected nine of the Qanats, including Ebrahimabad Qanat in Arak.
Iran is currently home to 31,500 tangible cultural heritage, as well as 1160 intangible ones. It is imperative to register as many as possible and quickly to avoid losing them.
Tangible cultural heritage refer to physical artifacts such as books and works of art, while intangible heritage comprises folklore and traditions, among others.
Lut Desert, locally called Dasht-e Lut, is a salt desert in northeastern Kerman Province, and is the 25th largest desert in the world. The desert is also one of hottest spots on Earth and recorded the highest temperature ever measured on the planet in 2005; 70.7 Celsius.
Qanats were first built circa 1000 B.C. by Persians and were used to extract groundwater in the dry mountain basins in modern Iran. Known as one of the most sophisticated systems of traditional irrigation, qanats provide 75% of water used in modern Iran.


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