World Rivers Day is celebrated on the last Sunday of September each year and this year is no exception.
The day will be celebrated on September 27 and millions of people in more than 60 countries around the world, including Dominica, are expected participate.
River advocate, Fr. Franklyn Cuffy, said the budget for observing the day in Dominica is about $10,000.
“Dominica plans to celebrate this day with a week of activities from September 23rd to 27th,” he explained. “On Tuesday 23rd of September there shall be a symposium on the significance of Pope Francis encyclical on Climate Change.”
He also said tree planing, cleanups and river hikes are some of the activities planned however the main focus shall be on the Roseau River.
Cuffy also mentioned that although Dominica boasts of 365 rivers, those that we have are either dead or in need of restoration.
He said the theme for celebrating the day in Dominica will be “Where have all Our Rivers Gone.”
Petra Shillingford (Agricultural Department), Taihisa Peter Guye (Consultant Geologist) and Fr. Cuffy are spearheading the 2015 Rivers Day Committee.
Over the past 10 years Dominica has been the only Caribbean country which has actively participate in World Rivers Day.
World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness and encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.
The United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade in 2005 to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for the world’s water resources.
Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo.