The International Day of Action for Rivers is observed every year on March 14 to raise awareness of how crucial rivers are to our daily lives. The day also seeks to spread awareness about unequal access to clean water and the growing pollution of freshwater habitats like rivers as a result of blatant human activity.
The 26th annual International Day of Action for Rivers, being celebrated this year, is a day to create awareness to protect our rivers with community participation. If rivers are to be conserved and utilised economically, it is crucial for people to work together and be dedicated to river management.
The day was previously recognised as the International Day against Dams, for Rivers, Water, and Life.
The official website of the International Rivers, a global non-profit organisation, states that the inaugural International Day of Action for Rivers was observed in March 1997. Representatives from more than 20 nations approved the International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water, and Life at the inaugural International Conference of Dams Affected Peoples in Curitiba, Brazil. Also, it was agreed to observe the day on March 14 in recognition of Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams.