Bangladesh is a riverine country. The economy and the environment depend on the river; even therefore, the pollution cannot be stopped. Almost all the country’s rivers are being destroyed due to pollution, just like Chittagong’s Karnaphuli is under such severe pollution. Consequently, a global initiative campaign known as the International Day of Action for Rivers seeks to increase public understanding of the significance of preserving and protecting rivers and other waterways. Every year on March 14, this day encourages people and communities to band together and take concrete steps to safeguard these essential resources.
The River Halda merits inclusion as both a national and global heritage, according to UNESCO, and yet, the waters of the River Halda today are severely polluted. According to sources, a vast section of Chittagong’s industrial factories and residential refuse are being directly channeled into Halda through Bamanshahi, Krishnakhali, and Kuaish Khandakia, contaminating the water in the process. The only tidal river in which carp eggs are directly harvested after fertilization is Halda, which is why direct egg extraction is unique to tidal rivers.
Annually the International Day of Action for Rivers is observed in 14th March in each year. Sadly, day by day these rivers are getting polluted by our many actions. Consequently, these rivers are losing more of its life.
World Rivers Day, set for September 27, is a global celebration of our rivers. With the support of United Nation the very first Rivers Day was celebrated in 2005 and since then it has been gaining in popularity with many events being organized around the world. Rivers Day was launched put forward by Mark Angelo in 1980, who was already an international river advocate. World Rivers Day aims to raise awareness and highlights the importance of rivers and encourages people to preserve important and beautiful rivers. Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan (BAPA) has been observing this day every year with the partners organizations since 2004.