Plans and preparations are underway for the 2010 World Rivers Day celebrations

Plans and preparations are well underway for the 2010 World Rivers Day celebrations. That’s the word coming from the Chairman of the World Rivers Day Committee, Father Franklyn Cuffy.


Father Cuffy said that this year, they will focus on the Carib Territory and all Dominicans are invited to support the event as they continue efforts to save one of Dominica’s vital natural resources; the rivers.


“We have chosen the Carib Territory because in that area there are a number of rivers…you have Mahaut River, Crayfish River, Gaulette River and Salybia River…” said Cuffy.


World Rivers Day is a global celebration of the world’s waterways, observed every last Sunday in September.


Established in 2005, it highlights the many values of rivers and strives to increase public awareness while encouraging the improved stewardship of rivers around the world.

This year Dominica will observe World Rivers Day on September 26th, under the theme: ‘where have our 365 river gone?’


“While meeting with people in the Carib Territory, we have to ask questions like: can you really call Crayfish River’s river a river..and why was it called Crayfish River…this again is another wakeup call for us to look and answer those questions,” said Cuffy.


Father Cuffy said that this year while the event will be centered in the Carib Territory, the general public is invited to support the cause while river enthusiasts are being encouraged to have similar activities in their local communities.


The Scouts Association has also accepted the challenge to identify and name the 365 rivers of Dominica.


Cuffy said “we have to encourage our young people to appreciate our gifts. A recent question in an editorial of the newspaper asked ‘are we doing enough?’ Are we managing our water properly?”


Plans are also underway for the TITIWI Festival which was initiated by the World Rivers Day Committee, and celebrated on World Rivers Day each year.

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