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World Water Day – March 22, 2018: The Answer is in Nature

March 6th, 2018

March 22 is World Water Day. Each year this global event focuses on a specific aspect of our relationship with water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is :... More »

World Water Day – March 22, 2018: The Answer is in Nature

March 22 is World Water Day. Each year this global event focuses on a specific aspect of our relationship with water.

The theme for World Water Day 2018 is :

Nature for Water

– exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

When we neglect our ecosystems, we make it harder to provide everyone with the water we need to survive and thrive.

Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. We must increase our application of  ‘green’ infrastructure and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will rebalance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.

Environmental damage, together with climate change, is driving the water-related crises we see around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes.

Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.

Sustainable Development Goal 6 commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.
 

The Answer is Nature

How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution?
By using the solutions we already find in nature.
See fact sheet.


Canada Water Week 2018

(March 20 – 27)
Healthy rivers, living lakes.

Canada Water Week is a celebration of water from coast-to-coast-to-coast, held annually in the third week of March to coincide with World Water Day on March 22. Find local events here.