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In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation ( Resolution A/RES/65/154 ). In reflection of this declaration, the 2013 World Water Day, which will take place on 22 March 2013, also will be dedicated to water cooperation. Therefore, UN-Water has called upon UNESCO to lead the 2013 United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation, in particular because of the Organization’s unique multidisciplinary approach which blends the natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication. Given the intrinsic nature of water as a transversal and universal element, the United Nations International Year on Water Cooperation naturally would embrace and touch upon all these aspects.
Clean and plentiful water provides the foundation for prosperous communities. We rely on clean water to survive, yet right now we are heading towards a water crisis. Changing climate patterns are threatening lakes and rivers, and key sources that we tap for drinking water are being overdrawn or tainted with pollution. NRDC experts are helping to secure safe and sufficient water for people and the environment by: Promoting water efficiency strategies to help decrease the amount of water wasted; Protecting our water from pollution by defending the Clean Water Act and advocating for solutions like green infrastructure ; Helping prepare cities, counties and states for water-related challenges they will face as a result of climate change; and Ensuring that waterways have enough water to support vibrant aquatic ecosystems. Promoting Water Efficiency
Reef Restoration Projects Wellwood Reef Restoration Project On August 4, 1984, the M/V Wellwood , a 122-meter freighter ran aground on Molasses Reef within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Due to complications with removal, the ship remained on the reef for 12 days. The total destruction from the grounding included 5,805 square meters of living corals and injury to 75,000 square meters of reef habitat. It was NOAA’s goal to restore physical relief back to the damaged site and encourage natural recovery.