The World Water Day is an annual global event usually celebrated on 22nd March every year to create awareness on water resources management and also to evaluate the activities and partners in the sector.
Water is significant in Agriculture and Food Production. On average, 80 percent of the fresh water withdrawn from rivers and groundwater is used to produce food and other agricultural products. This includes water used in the irrigation of crops or the watering of livestock, packaging etc.
The 2018 World Water day makes it twenty five years of recognizing the World Water Day.
The theme for this years World Water Day is ‘Nature for Water’. This year’s theme explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century. Nature-based solutions have the potential to solve many of our water challenges. This includes recognizing that healthy forests and fields prevent soil and chemicals being washed into rivers. Lakes, wet lands and floodplains store, purify and control water.
The Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) – ‘Ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030’ – 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.
Environmental damage and climate change are major drivers of the water-related crises we experience around the world. Floods, drought and water pollution are all made worse by degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes which affects agricultural production.
Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods (WorldWaterDay.Org).
Lets explore nature-based solutions to our water challenges.