World Water Day 2018

The world water day is celebrated every year on March 22nd.
The introduction of the date is born in order to warn populations and governments for the urgent need to preserve and safeguard this natural resource so precious for life.
The management of water resources is impacted in various sectors, in particular in health, in food production, in energy production, in domestic and sanitary supply, in industry and it is important to evaluate its environmental sustainability.
Climate change causes significant impacts on water resources and their availability.
Atmospheric phenomena such as storms, droughts, rain and cold affect the amount of water available and endanger the ecosystems that guarantee water quality.

Green roofs one of many solutions we already find in nature to reduce floods, droughts and water pollution

The answer is in Nature

This year’s theme – Nature for Water – explores how we can use nature to overcome the water challenges of the 21st century.

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.

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 need to do so much more with ‘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.

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