IUCN Video Message: World Rivers Day


World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world's waterways, marked every last Sunday of September.  For World Rivers Day, 2011 Ramsar would like to share with you four photos of rivers (wetlands along rivers and streams are called riverine wetlands), as well as an IUCN Video message about rivers.

World Rivers Day highlights the importance of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging improved stewardship of rivers around the world.
Established in 2005, World Rivers Day has been endorsed by the United Nations and is intended to complement the broader efforts of the UN's Water For Life Decade 2005-2015. 

Riverine wetlands: a gravel shoal on the river Tisza in Hungary (Photo: Olajos Péter, 2004).

The Tisza River floodplain is one of 29 Ramsar Sites in Hungary presently. Some of the Upper Tisza is part of a transboundary Ramsar Site as well. To learn more, read the Annotated Ramsar List for Hungary.

Riverine wetlands, Bali, Indonesia
(Photo by Nick Davidson, Ramsar, 2004)

Indonesia currently has five Ramsar Sites and many riverine wetlands. Read more about them on the Annotated Ramsar List for Indonesia.

Riverine wetlands: The Airhitamlaut river at the heart of Berbak Park Ramsar Site, Indonesia.

Riverine wetlands: a "gravel river", the Tagliamento in northern Italy (Photo: Arno Mohl/ WWF Austria).

Italy presently has 52 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance, the Tagliamento is a part of the Laguna di Marano: Foci dello Stella Ramsar Site. Learn more about Italy's Ramsar Sites on the Annotated List for Italy.

For World Rivers Day (25 September), a special IUCN video message was recorded from IUCN's Pangani project site in Tanzania. Filmed at the Kikuletwa tributary, Irene Chikira talks about the challenges and hopes for the Pangani basin, and rivers across the world. 

 > To view the IUCN Video Message for World Rivers Day, click here.

 > For more information on World Rivers Day, click here.

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