Event organized and photo by: Centre for Research and Advocacy (CRA) Manipur, Jupiter Yambem Centre, Imphal and the JAC against Pabram Dam.

The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that rivers matter. That communities having access to clean and flowing water matters. That everyone should have a say in decisions that affect their water and their lives. That it’s our time to stand up for these rights, now more than ever.

We’re celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this Day for Rivers by also highlighting the importance of Rivers to Biodiversity. 

Rivers are key to restoring and maintaining the world’s biodiversity. River systems are the zone of Earth’s highest biological diversity – and also of our most intense human activity. This year the world meets for the 15th Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Freshwater ecosystems are the most degraded in the world and global action is needed to turn this around. Let’s make our voices heard. #RiversUniteUs

How to Join

Past Actions

In 2021, we recorded an astonishing 120+ events in 32 countries! There was everything from organized river cleanups, online webinars, river walks, and paddleboard celebrations! This is true from Bangladesh to Guam, from Germany to Nigeria. The outpouring of activity –  the variety, diversity, and passion of our movement – is truly an inspiration. Even in these challenging times, you have made your voices heard.

Photo Collection (2021)

Mekong, Thai-Lao border in Chiang Khong, Thailand 8

2021 Global Day of Action Map

Check out the 2021 Global Day of Action Map to see what events are happening in your region! If you would like to add your event to the map register it here.

This past International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14, 2020, thousands of river stewards, defenders, and allies took action both in-person and online. Despite the health and safety challenges faced by many countries around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic, over 50 direct actions were registered across 23 countries/nation-states with hundreds more joining in via social media and digital outreach.

The outpouring of solidarity with #RiversUniteUs during this time is a testament to the commitment of so many communities and individuals around the world to protecting vital freshwater.

We cannot express our gratitude for these river defenders and stewards enough. In this time of collective uncertainty, they remind us of exactly what is needed – a vision for a healthy future. One in which human and natural life are joined by principles of reciprocity and respect. Where our water sources are protected as our lifeblood. And where the voices of indigenous, and local communities, women, and other marginalized groups are at the forefront.

Read more and check out photos from Day of Action for Rivers events below.

Escuela de Justicia Energética Binacional México-Guatemala


The International Day of Action Against Dams and For Rivers, Water and Life was adopted by the participants of the first International Meeting of People Affected by Dams, March 1997 in Curitiba Brazil. Representatives from 20 countries decided that the International Day of Action would take place on March 14 – Brazil’s Day of Action Against Large Dams. Our aim on this International Day of Action for Rivers, is to raise our voices in unison against destructive water development projects, reclaim the health of our watersheds, and demand the equitable and sustainable management of our rivers.

How to Join

  • Plan a (Covid safe) event in your area! Sign up here if you would like us to share information about it.
  • Use the Day of Action logos posted at the bottom of this page, or create your own art for your action!
  • Post questions, updates, and calls to action on the Day of Action for Rivers Facebook page. Share the page with your friends.
  • Sign up to receive Day of Action for Rivers email updates.
  • Report back! Send photos and descriptions of your actions to dayofaction@internationalrivers.org


To add to your outreach materials!