This week, 13,000 people met online in the framework of World Water Week 2021 on the theme ‘Building Resilience Faster’. The event opened on 23 August with calls for massive transformations of our societies.  Over 400 sessions were organized on a very wide range of topics to address the following 5 key challenges: ‘Building Resilient and Fair Societies’, ‘Working Together with Nature’, ‘Investing in Systemic Change’, ‘Transforming our Value Chains’ and ‘Rethinking our Cities’.  The programme highlighted the importance of water and the interlinkages between water, climate change, biodiversity, food systems and global health.
The Map of the Week focuses on the links between freshwater and the ocean and seas by looking at river runoff trends. Runoff is the movement of land water (in the form of rivers, lakes, streams) to the seas and oceans. When it comes to water, everything is linked through the water cycle. At the European level, key policies address water - including in particular the Water Framework Directive - while the Marine Strategy Framework Directive aims to protect the marine environment. The Water Information System for Europe - WISE - is the European information gateway to water issues.
During the EU4Ocean event ‘Supporting Ocean Literacy in the Baltic- EU4Ocean “Let’s make the Baltic Sea Blue” on 26-27 August 2021, speakers pointed out that what happens on land impacts the ocean and seas. This is illustrated, for example, by the fact that large quantities of litter are transported from land to the sea by rivers. 
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The data in this map are provided by EMODnet.