PRESS RELEASE ECO Secretary General Call on Iranian Vice President Dr. M. Ebtekar Dr. Abdolrahim Gavahi, ECO Secretary General called on H. E. Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and head of Department of Environment. In this meeting Dr. Gavahi, citing that so far no significant joint-project has been taken up by the two organizations, asked for such cooperation, emphasizing the critical situation of the ecosystem in ECO region, especially Caspian Sea. He also referred to the suggestion of the 11th meeting of ECO Regional Planning Council regarding holding a workshop on expansion of energy resources and its environmental consequences and asked for the assistance of the Environment Protection Organization of the Islamic Republic of Iran in this regard. In return, H. E. Dr. Ebtekar while welcoming such cooperation referred to the Ozone Layer and CFC gas problem and suggested that a regional center for this purpose may well be established. She also added that in this respect the assistance of UNEP might be sought. She also stressed the great role of the Non-Governmental Organizations in environmental issues and seeking their views in this regard. Dr. Ebtekar further emphasized the idea of a high-level regional meeting of ECO environmental authorities in order to explore areas of regional cooperation on environment.