GWP Celebrated World Water Day

Posted: 2014-04-14

Around the world, World Water Day 2014 was celebrated by many, with activities connected to the theme of water and energy. GWP launched a new video, as well as a new Strategy, Towards 2020, in connection with World Water Day, and the day was celebrated across the GWP regions.

GWP Central America joined in the effort to bring the attention to the water and energy nexus and organized a regional event that took place on March 21 in San Salvador, El Salvador. The agenda included the participation of several regional organisations, and a series of national experiences were presented. Actors from both the water and energy sectors were present, including GWP members from all six countries of the region, government officials from the Ministry of Environment of El Salvador, civil society, universities and others.

GWP China organised two events to celebrate the day, both in Hunan Province. The first one was an on-site investigation of Dongting Lake Basin, jointly supported by the Dongting Lake Engineering Authority and Hunan Provincial Water Resources and Hydropower Research Institute. The second event was a small seminar in Wangcheng, to discuss water resources protection in Hunan Province.

A number of World Water Day events were organised within GWP CACENA. Among these were the "Let’s care Armenia" initiative, which included a photo competition. At another event, the initiators of the project “Let us Be Careful Armenia – World Water Day 2014” agreed that hydropower plants keep increasing in number despite the concerns over possible environmental hazards. GWP Azerbaijan organised a seminar in Baku with several collaborators, and GWP Mongolia gave an interview on water problems in Mongolia to national TV and TV-C1 to raise public understanding of water problems. GWP Georgia initiated the campaign "Blue Spring" devoted to the World Water Day within the project "Clean Georgia, which aims to protect and clean water bodies, small rivers and springs.

One of the ways GWP Caribbean commemorated World Water Day, was through its first-ever WWD Facebook Photo Competition. With the theme “Water and Energy”, the competition received a significant response with more than 40 photo submissions from various Caribbean territories.

GWP South Asia joined in the global Strategy launch celebrations for World Water Day, and took the opportunity to give the new GWP Strategy to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), which also presented their own new strategy.

Top photo: The winning photo in GWP Caribbean's Facebook competition was taken by Ian Gage in Jamaica.

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