World Water Day 2009: Shared Water – Shared Opportunities

by OldSailor on March 22, 2009

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March 22 of the year is World Water Day. This day is to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management ofworld_water_day_2009 freshwater resources. This year’s theme for World Water Day is “Shared Water – Shared Opportunities”.

Today let us nurture the opportunities for cooperation in transboundary water management to help build mutual respect, understanding and trust among countries and promote peace, security and sustainable economic growth.

Also create awareness, by sending World Water Day 2009 e-cards with personalized e-message from here.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) leads the activities of the World Water Day 2009 with the support of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22, 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

Theme of previous years:

  • 2008: Sanitation water_planet
  • 2007: Coping with Water Scarcity
  • 2006: Water & Culture
  • 2005: Water for Life 2005-2015
  • 2004: Water & Disasters
  • 2003: Water for the Future
  • 2002: Water for Development
  • 2001: Water & Health
  • 2000: Water for the 21st Century
  • 1999: Everyone Lives Downstream
  • 1998: Groundwater – The Invisible Resource
  • 1997: The World’s Water, Is There Enough ?
  • 1996: Water for Thirsty Cities
  • 1995: Women & Water
  • 1994: Caring for Our Water Resources is Everyone’s Business

Some interesting facts on Transboundary Waters:

  • There are 263 transboundary river basins.
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  • Over 45 percent of the land surface of the world is covered by river basins that are shared by more than one country.
  • Over 75 percent of all countries, 145 in total, have within their boundaries shared river basins.
  • 33 nations have over 95 percent of their territory within international river basins.
  • While most transboundary river basins are shared between just two countries, there are many river basins where this number is much higher.
  • There are 13 basins worldwide that are shared between 5 to 8 countries.
  • Five river basins, the Congo, Niger, Nile, Rhine and Zambezi, are shared between 9 to 11 countries.
  • The river that flows through the most countries is the Danube, which passes through the territory of 18 countries.
  • Over 40 percent of the world’s population resides within internationally shared river basins.
  • So far, 274 transboundary aquifers have been identified. They lie under 15 percent of the Earth’s surface.

 Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Transboundary Waters are at U.N Water.  Water cycle illustration image is from Met Office, U.K.

For more information, log on to World Water Day 2009.

Posts in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:

XSR 48, a Super Car on Water

World Water Day Focuses on Sanitation

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