Global Calendar of Water-Related Events


CONFERENCES and EVENTS

March 2–4, 2017: North American Nature Photography Association, Annual Summit, Jacksonville, FL, is a gathering of hundreds of photographers, photo editors and other members of the nature photography community with a focus on learning and inspiration.

May 24, 2017: World Fish Migration Day 2017 (WFMD) is a one day global initiative, with local events worldwide, to create awareness on the importance of open rivers and migratory fish. WFMD is held to improve the public’s understanding of the importance of open rivers and migratory fish and their needs.

Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2017: World Water Week. This annual symposium is presented by the Stockholm International Water Institute, bringing together experts, practitioners, decision makers and leaders from around the globe to exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions.

Oct. 4–8, 2017: The Society of Environmental Journalists’ 27th Annual Conference will take place in Pittsburgh, PA, a river town enjoying a post-industrial renaissance where environmental health has become a priority.

ANNUAL OBSERVANCES

Feb. 2: World Wetlands Day is celebrated each year to help raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands.

March 3: World Wildlife Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

March 13–17: National Wildlife Week is the National Wildlife Federation7rsquo;s longest-running education program, celebrating its 79th year in 2017.

March 14: International Day of Action for Rivers. On this day, people around the world “celebrate the world’s rivers and those who struggle to protect them.”

March 21: International Day of Forests. This is a day to remember the importance of forests of all kinds and of trees everywhere, and the effects of deforestation on climate change.

March 22: World Water Day. The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

April 9: America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, a report by American Rivers, highlights ten whose fate will be decided in the coming year and encourages decision-makers to do the right thing for the rivers and the communities they support.

April 16–22, 2017: National Environmental Education Week: More than 400,000 people are estimated to have celebrated environmental education at more than 3,000 events in the US, Puerto Rico and Guam during last year’s Education Week.

April 20: BP Oil Spill anniversary.

April 22: Earth Day is an observance designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. The theme for 2017 is “Teach for the Planet,” a global climate and environmental literacy campaign dedicated to ensuring that every student around the world graduates high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen, ready to take action and be a voice for change.

Last Friday in April: National Arbor Day (United States) National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on other dates according to best times for planting trees.

May: American Wetlands Month (United States) is a great time to learn about the importance of wetlands in our environment and the significant benefits they provide – improved water quality, increased water supply, reduced flood risk, and critical habitat for plants, fish, and wildlife.

Second weekend in May: World Migratory Bird Day, an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

Third Friday in May and celebrated throughout the month: Endangered Species Day (United States) Started in 2006 by an act of the United States Congress.

June: Chinook First Salmon Ceremony.

June 5: World Environment Day. Celebrated every year on June 5, WED aims to stimulate worldwide awareness of the environment.

June 8: World Oceans Day. People all over the world organize celebrations to support action to protect the oceans.

June 15, 2017: Nature Photography Day was designated by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide.

June 17: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The theme for 2015 is “No such thing as a free lunch. Invest in healthy soil.”

August 12: World Elephant Day asks you to experience elephants in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where elephants can thrive under care and protection. Express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild elephants alike.

September 18: World Water Monitoring Day is a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

Last Sunday in September: World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways, highlighting the many values of our rivers, to increase awareness and encourage better stewardship of all rivers around the world.

First Monday of October: World Habitat Day. The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day.

October 16: World Food Day events promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

November 10: World Science Day for Peace and Development aims to renew the national and international commitment to science for peace and development and the responsible use of science for the benefit of society, to raise public awareness of the importance of science, and to bridge the gap between science and societies.

November 19: World Toilet Day raises awareness that 1 out of 3 people worldwide have no access to a toilet, despite clean water and sanitation being a universal right. The 2016 theme focuses on impacts of no toilets on livelihoods, productivity at home and in schools.

December 5: World Soil Day highlights the importance of our soil for food and energy, and problems created by deforestation and poor farming practices.