World Rivers Day
Monday, June 04 2012 @ 04:35 PM EDT
Contributed by: davidh
Greetings River Advocates,
World Rivers Day is set for September 30th this year (as always, falling on the last Sunday
in September) and, while the event is still several months away, it will be here
before we know it. Consequently, we're hoping that river advocates from around the globe
will start planning events as part of this year's World Rivers Day celebration.
In British Columbia as an example, an array of events are being planned ranging from
stream cleanups and habitat enhancement projects to community riverside celebrations
along with a major WRD promotional event and press conference a few days prior.
Across Europe, there will be Rivers Day awareness events unfolding on rivers such as the
Danube, Rhine, Seine, Rhone, and Douro led by the Uniworld cruise line.
There will be a major fisheries congress in China in the days running up to WRD,
and in Australia, WRD events will unfold across the country thanks to the International
River Foundation and shortly thereafter, the International River Symposium
will take place in Melbourne. And the list of global events will grow dramatically in the weeks and
Visit our Web site at: www.worldriversday.bcit.ca to find out more about
World Rivers Day, and please let us know about your event plans.
We can help your promotions via our Web site, and with e-mails like this one.
Last year, river enthusiasts from around the world came together for the seventh annual event.
It was a great success, with millions of people involved from more than 60 countries.
World Rivers Day is based on the incredible success of BC Rivers Day in
British Columbia, Canada, which celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year - and a huge
celebration is planned there to commemorate that event.
Promoting River Stewardship
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world's waterways.
It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and
hopefully encourage the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.
Rivers in every country face an array of threats, and only our active involvement
will ensure their health in the years ahead.
Join the Celebration!
World Rivers Day organizers encourage all of you to come out and participate.
In particular, consider starting a Rivers Day event of your own, which might range
from a stream cleanup to a community riverside celebration.
And if you create an event, be sure to tell us about it! We'll keep you posted in
the months ahead as new Rivers Day activities are announced.
World Rivers Day is intended to compliment the broader efforts of the United Nations
Water For Life Decade initiative and we look forward to working closely with them
in the months ahead to promote this event and encourage new participants.
In launching World Rivers Day, we also greatly appreciated the support of the United Nations
University and the International Network on Water, Environment, and Health.
Special thanks to our World Rivers Day sponsors:
- HSBC Bank Canada
- Rivers Institute at BCIT and the visionary commitment of its founding
supporter, Mr. Rudy North
- United Nations Water For Life Decade, Canada initiative
- United Nations Water for Life Decade; 2005 - 2015.
To find out more about water issues, and how to get involved with World Rivers Day,
visit the Web sites below for more information.
World Rivers Day Web Site:
Rivers Institute at BCIT:
BC Rivers Day Web Site:
United Nations "Water For Life Decade"
-- Chair, World Rivers Day United Nations Water for Life, Canada initiative
-- Chair Emeritus, Rivers Institute at BCIT