Using this graphic and referring to it is encouraged, and please use it in presentations, web pages, newspapers, blogs and reports.
For any form of publication, please include the link to this page and give the cartographer/designer credit (in this case Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal)
Caspian Environment Programme, Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis
Uploaded on Wednesday 07 Mar 2012
Sea level rise in Anzali Lagoon, Iran
Riccardo Pravettoni, GRID-Arendal
Fluctuating water levels will affect the population
of the coastline and can cause substantial economic
damage if appropriate measurements are not taken. A
rise in sea level of 1.2 metres would flood Anzali, an
Iranian city on the low-lying coastal plain in the southwest
corner of the Caspian, and turn it into an island,
according to forecasts. This would cost the city billions
of dollars and cause massive population displacement.
The scenario for rising sea level and subsequent
events could very well repeat itself in the other major
ports around the Caspian Sea including Baku. In the
absence of preparedness, flooding could wreak havoc
in the capital of Azerbaijan and cause billions of dollars
worth of damage and untold human suffering leading
to possible social unrest and conflict.