Every year on March 14th, the International Day of Action for Rivers is commemorated. The International Day of Action for Rivers is in its 25th year this year. It is a day aimed at preserving, celebrating, and raising awareness about our life giving supply of water. If rivers are to be conserved and used for economic purposes, people must be dedicated to river management across national borders. Communities around the world that rely on rivers for their livelihoods must band together to persuade decision makers that rivers are important.
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History of International Day of Action for Rivers
According to internationalrivers.org, “the first International Meeting of People Impacted by Dams in March 1997 in Curitiba, Brazil approved the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water, and Life.” The ‘Day of Action for Rivers’ was declared on March 14th by river specialists from 20 countries. The participants’ goal was to band together against the degradation of rivers, other bodies of water, and ecologically sensitive watershed areas.
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India and the International Day of Action for Rivers
India is a one of a kind nation where rivers are venerated, but pollution is a major issue. Rivers such as the Ganga, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, Mahanadi, Godavari, Narmada, Sindhu (Indus), and Cauvery are revered as deities. The Union Jal Shakti Ministry, which was established recently, is dedicated to the restoration and maintenance of wetlands in river basins, as well as addressing the worrisome degrees of river pollution. The National Green Tribunal, the nation’s pollution watchdog, has already requested the Union Jal Shakti ministry to devise a strategy for cleaning up the country’s contaminated river segments.
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