International Day of Action for Rivers is used by organizations, communities, and individuals across the globe to spread awareness regarding healthy rivers and to educate about the conservation of our watersheds and the importance of equitable and sustainable management of rivers and waterways. This year’s theme focuses on “Women, Water, and Climate Change.”
In an effort to sensitize communities across SVG that the life of river matters, two (2) days of community outreach were conducted as part of the National Environmental Days Commemoration Committee (NEDCC) observance for International Day of Action for Rivers 2020.
The outreach sessions took place in Layou on Tuesday March 10th and in Colonarie and South Rivers, on Wednesdays March 11th, 2020. Members of the NEDCC visited these communities to conduct one on one engagement with persons living in close proximity to the river or with persons using the river for their livelihood or for recreation purposes.
Participants included representatives from the South Windward Range of the Forestry Services, Public Health Officers and members of the NEDCC. The outreach activities highlighted the problems affecting the rivers and the associated negative impacts on the rivers and communities. Encourage individuals to develop a sense of pride for water resources in their community, and to take action to protect and conserve freshwater resource.
The NEDCC, with representatives from several ministries and government agencies, hopes to continue to foster awareness about the protection and conservation of the environment in communities throughout SVG.