We depend on clean and abundant water for their livelihood, hobbies and health. Countless species of fish and wildlife need clean water to survive. On World Water Day 2018, The National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority (NPRBA) is committing to preserving the health of our rivers, lakes and drinking water for today and future generations. The international theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in 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 clean 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 (cost-effective, resilient approach to managing wet weather impacts that provides many community benefits) and harmonize it with ‘grey’ infrastructure (human-engineered infrastructure for water resources such as water and wastewater treatment plants, pipelines, and reservoirs) wherever possible. Planting new forests, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, and restoring wetlands will balance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
The NPRBA’s objectives for World Water Day 2018:
- Increase awareness, and the understanding of water resources, by highlighting the critical role water plays in our day-to-day lives.
- Create a deeper appreciation for water; by bringing attention to the water related challenges facing our island.
- Promote stewardship, to ensure the next generation of innovators will protect and sustainably manage freshwater resources in SVG.
- Celebrate freshwater and be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.
The National Parks Rivers and Beach Authority (NPRBA) in collaboration with other agencies such as the Central Water and Sewage Authority, Forestry Department, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Tourism, Sustainable Development Division, Environmental Health Division and the Fisheries Division urges individuals to celebrate our common commitment to preserving the health of our rivers and drinking water on Thursday, March 22, 2018.