TEHRAN.(Iranart) – “Hyrcanians, Eternally Green”, an exhibition of photos of the Hyrcanian Forest in northern Iran, opened at Tehran’s Niavaran Cultural Historical Complex on Monday.
The exhibition is being co-organized by the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the Iranian Youth Cinema Society to promote the ecoregion that is seeking registration on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the organizers announced on Tuesday.
Babak Borzuyeh is the curator of the exhibition, which is displaying 23 photos selected from hundreds of submissions from Iranian photographers.
German expert on the Hyrcanian Forest Hans-Dieter Knapp, UNESCO World Heritage Coordinator Susanna Lindeman, CHTHO deputy director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO director Hojjatollah Ayyubi and numerous cultural figures attended the opening ceremony of the showcase.
Speaking at the ceremony, Talebian said, “Organizing this exhibition with such a powerful quality is a major cultural movement that represents the great capacity of photography.”
“I’m really happy that Mrs. Susanna Lindeman is attending the ceremony and sees the forest’s capacity for registration on the World Heritage List,” he added.
Professor Knapp, who is known as “Mr. Hyrcanian” due to his lengthy, extensive research on the region, also delivered a short speech and said, “The photos on display at the exhibit present the grandeur and high value of the Hyrcanian Forest.”
He called the vegetation in the Hyrcanian Forest unique and said, “I’m really happy that I’ve spent two decades of life researching the forest.”
“Part of the beauty of the forest has been showcased at the exhibition,” he added.
He expressed his hope that the exhibition would help UNESCO World Heritage Coordinator Lindeman adopt a positive view towards the Hyrcanian Forest file.
Source: Tehran Times