World Rivers Day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of every September and is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the multiple importance of rivers, to increase public awareness and encourage better river management around the world.

The rivers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 262 of them, belong to the Black Sea and Adriatic basins. The basins of larger rivers covered the territory of BiH like a network, which makes up about 33% of its total territory. On this day, it is important to draw attention to the numerous dangers that threaten rivers as basic water resources. Humans, through the conscious and unconscious actions, devastate rivers to the greatest extent. Their pollution leads to endangerment and extinction of the flora and fauna of the rivers, as well as a shortage of drinking water, which could be a huge problem in the future.

Each of us can contribute to the protection of rivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are many things you can do every day to protect rivers. Reducing water consumption, planting trees along river banks and avoiding the use of pesticides and herbicides are possible solutions.

River basin management plans in BiH