World Water Day – 22nd March 2016

World Water Day, 22 March 2016

Why a World Water Day?
World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference. World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations (UN) Conference on Environment and Development where an international observance for water was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then. Each year, UN-Water — the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation — sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge. The engagement campaign is coordinated by one or several of the UN-Water Members with a related mandate.

Better water, better jobs
Today, almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. The theme in 2016 — water and jobs — is focusing on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods – and even transform societies and economies.

DEVOTES project scientists are deeply involved in assessing the Environmental Status of the marine ecosystems, since the goods and services, as well as the wellbeing, that humans receive from ecosystems are strictly related to their status. The overall goal of DEVOTES, indeed, is to better understand the relationships between pressures from human activities and climatic influences and their effects on marine ecosystems, including biological diversity, in order to support the ecosystem based management and fully achieve the Good Environmental Status of marine waters.
To achieve this, the researchers are working on indicator testing and development; developing new innovative modelling tools; testing innovative monitoring techniques and performing integrative assessment of biodiversity. Their results are made available on the DEVOTES dedicated webpage and spread out through the products developed during the project.

More information on the World Water Day: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/about/en/