Celebrate World Rivers Day
Celebrate World Rivers Day
World Rivers Day on Sunday 29 September is a celebration of the world’s waterways. It highlights the many values of our rivers, strives to increase public awareness, and encourages the improved stewardship of all rivers around the world. Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead.
In 2005, the United Nations launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness of the need to better care for our water resources. Following this, the establishment of World Rivers Day was in response to a proposal initiated by internationally renowned river advocate, Mark Angelo who commented’ “Rivers are the arteries of our planet; they are lifelines in the truest sense.” In 2012, several million people across more than 60 countries celebrated the many values of our waterways.
A Kingfisher at Aboyne
The River Dee provides the water supply for private and commercial consumption for the population of Aberdeen and Deeside. The river is the lifeblood of Royal Deeside and is a world famous salmon river where visiting anglers contribute £12 million annually to the local economy and support many hundreds of full time jobs. These visitors are of vital importance during the early spring, summer and autumn months. The River Dee is an internationally important environment for its wildlife diversity and is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its populations of Atlantic salmon, otters and freshwater pearl mussels. The care of the River Dee is the joint role of the River Dee Trust and the Dee District Salmon Fishery Board (DDSFB), along with other organisations such as SEPA and SNH. The River Dee Trust is a charity that has a remit of research, restoration and education, for the river and the fish it supports.
An Otter in the River Dee at Park
Due to the impacts of climate change, intensive land management practices, abstraction and historic deforestation, the future well-being of the River Dee and its iconic wildlife are coming under increasing pressure and the River needs your help to mitigate against the hand of man. Climate change, diffuse river pollution, invasive non native species, and some land management practices can cause harm to our native wildlife. There are also forecasts indicating that river temperatures will rise through climate change and water abstraction will need to increase as our population grows and the need for our water resource increases.
A cock salmon in spawning livery
The recreational amenities which the River Dee provides to the residents of Deeside (and beyond) include fishing, canoeing, walking, cycling, picnic areas, and bird watching with many areas of outstanding scenic beauty. We are so fortunate to have this valuable and precious resource on our doorstep and sometimes overlook the importance of our river. With autumn approaching when the woodland diversity is displayed in all its glory, it will provide a wonderful opportunity for the people of Deeside to re-connect with the river and its wildlife and consider hosting a fundraising event for World Rivers Day.
Autumn Glory at Kincardine
You can all help support the River Dee Trust by hosting a fundraising event such as a Cycle Event, Sponsored Walk, Canoe Challenge, Running Event, Sponsored Swim, and Sponsored art competition for children and many more fun community events. If you are a commercial organisation, why not consider providing your legacy of support for the River Dee, by going out with the River Dee Trust and helping them to plant trees in the valley. This is a great team building exercise for your staff where you in essence plant your company’s permanent footprint on our landscape to make a significant contribution to support the wildlife of Deeside for many generations to come.
An inquisitive Roe Deer
You can find out more about the activities of the River Dee Trust at www.riverdee.org.uk or contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out ways to get involved in the river. The River Dee Trust would be delighted to discuss fundraising initiatives you plan to host and provide any constructive advice to help make them a success.