World Water Day – Nature for Water
Nature for Water
How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution? By using the solutions we already find in nature.
Designated by the United Nations in 1992, March 22 is an international day held as a means of bringing awareness to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The YEG World Water Day Committee invites all local and regional water practitioners and Albertans interested in water to join us to discuss and celebrate freshwater.
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 re-balance the water cycle and improve human health and livelihoods.
For more information: http://www.yegwater.ca