The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that rivers matter. That communities having access to clean and flowing water matters. That everyone should have a say in decisions that affect their water and their lives. That it’s our time to stand up for these rights, now more than ever and understand the importance of being a protector and voice for rivers.

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River edge

Rivers are important ecosystems that provide homes for many species of plants, insects and fish. These in turn provide food for our native birds and lizards. The riparian boundary is of particular importance to the river ecosystem because this is where most animals and plants seek shelter, but it is also the area most prone to damage by erosion. By protecting this margin we can help prevent erosion and also improve the quality of the water.

Civilizations grew up around rivers, and they are central to our lives and the survival of life on earth. Although freshwater ecosystems are so important, they are the most threatened in the world – freshwater species have seen an 83% decline since 1970 – twice the rate experienced within terrestrial or marine. They need our help – they need our voices. Speak out, defend, protect, restore, and be a river guardian.

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