The UN celebrates World Day for Water every year on March 22nd. The theme for 1999 is “everybody lives downstream”. Travelling across four continents, Earth Report investigates the implications this has for people all over the world.
In China, we see how forestry activity on the Tibetan plateau has affected the flow of river water. In the Colombian highlands, we discover how chemical-intensive industries have a profound impact on water quality. In the Middle East, a Syrian initiative is tapping the Euphrates to supply clean water to the rural poor. In Cairo, the world’s largest waste water treatment system is taking shape, and finally, in the low-lying Netherlands, rivers are being restored to their natural state. (1999)