World Rivers Day Date in the current year: September 29, 2024

World Rivers Day Rivers are valuable world's waterways, but due to human activity they are endangered. World Rivers Day, annually celebrated on the last Sunday in September, was created to improve and protect the rivers around the world.

The history of World Rivers Day begins in 2005, when the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade. This campaign was created to raise public awareness of the need of better care for all water resources around the world. Internationally renowned environmentalist and river advocate Mark Angelo responded the UN's initiative and established World River Day.

The proposal for establishment of a global event for rivers is based on another ecological observance, also initiated and coordinated by Mark Angelo. Back in 1980 he established BC Rivers Day, that is observed in British Colombia, Canada. The inaugural event of World Rivers Day was organized by activists from around the world in 2005. Its popularity grew and the first event was celebrated in 12 countries. In 2012 more than 60 countries observed this day.

Celebrate World Rivers Day by participating in local events, organized near the rivers. These events range from fish enhancement projects to river cleanups. You may also organize your own event, and don't forget to register it at

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