March 14 is observed annually as the International Day of Action for Rivers. This observance was initiated in 1998 by International Rivers, an ecological organisation located in California, USA. The participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams adopted this initiative in March 1997.
International Day of Action for Rivers aims to raise public awareness of destructive water development projects, health and sustainable management of the watersheds. This year's Day of Action for Rivers theme focuses on "Women, Water, and Climate Change". Last year, 100 women from 32 countries who are leading efforts to protect and defend rivers gathered at the first ever Women and Rivers Congress. The Congress aimed to celebrate the fundamental role women play in defending and stewarding freshwater resources, and to initiate collective action challenging the gender inequities women face in safeguarding rivers and river ecosystems.
Compiled by Law Desk (source: internationalrivers.org).