In the morning time of 26th August, 2016, a launching ceremony for developing the Anzali City Ecotourism Visitor Center was held at a construction site of the visitor center, located next to the Valayat Bridge in Anzali City. The visitor center development is implemented jointly by Anzali City and Ecotourism Sub-Committee of the Anzali Wetland Management Committee as a joint pilot activity under the JICA Anzali Wetland Project.
The purposes of the visitor center are to provide interpretive information to both tourists and locals about the safe and enjoyable usage of the Anzali Wetland areas and to share information to protect the environment and the culture of surrounding areas of the wetland.
The ceremony was held as an event of the Administration Week of Gilan Province, attended by Dr. Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice-President and Head of Department of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Ali Najafi, Governor of Gilan Province, Mr. Hojat Shabanpoor, Deputy Governor for Development of Gilan Province, Mr. Ghorban Ali Mohammadpour. Director General of DOE Gilan, Mr. Reza Pour Shaban, Anzali City Mayor, the other VIP from Gilan Province, Anzali City, etc. and relevant organizations. After speeches by Dr. Ebtekar, Dr. Najafi, Mr. Pour Shaban, and Mr. Aoki, a ground-breaking ceremony was conducted. According to the plan, after some preparatory work such as designing of both exterior and interior of the visitor center, construction will be conducted in 2017 and the center will start for its operation in late 2017 to early 2018.