March 22 – World Water Day
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The theme of the World Water Day 2022: “Groundwater, making the invisible visible”.
Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands and gravels that hold substantial quantities of water. Groundwater feeds springs, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Groundwater can be extracted to the surface by pumps and wells.
Most arid areas of the world depend entirely on groundwater.
Groundwater supplies a large proportion of the water we use for drinking, sanitation, food production and industrial processes. Our goal is to protect them from overexploitation – abstracting more water than is recharged - and the pollution that currently haunts them, since it can lead to the depletion of this resource and sometimes even preventing its use.
On March 22, World Water Day, the UN report on the state of the world's water resources will be presented, as well as recommendations for effective policy measures in this area.
In Belarus, much attention is paid to the issues of conservation, restoration and sustainable use of ecological systems, climate impact mitigation and adaptation to a changing climate, including in terms of water resources management. As part of the State Program "Environmental Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources" for 2021-2025 years, the Ministry of Natural Resources has developed a project to mitigate the impact on the republic's water resources in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030.