This month of March, the VCWD joins the celebration of World Water Day, an annual United Nations observance day held on 22 March that highlights the importance of freshwater resources.
With this year’s theme, “Groundwater: making the invisible, visible” focuses on putting awareness and significance to the large and invisible resource used widely by humans, groundwater.
Groundwater is an invisible component of the hydrosphere, representing a hidden part of the water cycle. This invisible groundwater remains the most unpredictable and intriguing part of the hydrological cycle. Did you know? About half of the world’s population drinks groundwater everyday.
Groundwater is of vital importance for agriculture and contributes to more than half of the world’s production of irrigated crops; it sustains wetlands and rivers, provides stability to the soil and prevents seawater intrusion.
At the same time, ground water is under increased pressure from population growth, climate change and human activities, with a widespread impact in terms of groundwater depletion and pollution. Hence, there are plenty of reasons to pay due attention to the state of groundwater resources.
This time, the rapidly increasing worldwide attention to groundwater governance illustrates the need for active participation of all relevant stakeholders, government instituions and those who value groundwater-related ecosystems.
Watch out for the next updates and schedule of activities to be spearheaded by the VCWD team.
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