Rivers are the Earth’s circulatory system and are a vital element in planetary ecosystems. This is why World Rivers Day was established in 1997. It falls on the fourth Sunday in September and is celebrated in 100 countries around the world. The Day is an important time to remember and celebrate the importance of rivers. They provide water for ecosystems and human activities, are a transport channel, provide silt and nutrients for land and agriculture. They mitigate floods, nourish forests and combat droughts. They are a source of food because they provide water for agriculture and fish for many communities. Rivers draw the land and feed the oceans. They are a tourist attraction; practically every city in the world is built around a waterway. World Rivers Day reminds us that the health of rivers ensures the health of the planet.
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