Environmental experts have warned about the critical condition of rare trees in Iran’s protected Nayband area in Bushehr Province.
“The 400-year-old Fig Tree of Temples, which is 20 meters thick and is believed by some to be the world’s thickest tree, is on the verge of extinction,” Fars News Agency quoted environmentalist, Ali Moazzenzadeh as saying.
“Nayband spans an area of over 50,000 hectares and houses a number of the country’s rarest trees, such as Aloe Vera and Devil’s Pomegranate which only grows in Nayband and has medicinal and nutritional values,” he added.
“Since Nayband is located in the industrial city of Asalouyeh, its trees are exposed to high levels of gas and oil contamination and are therefore in critical condition,” said Moazzenzadeh.
Experts also urged Iran’s Environmental Protection Organization, South Pars gas field managers and locals to help protect Nayband’s old and rare trees.