From source to mouth our rivers are constantly on the move. They count among the most dynamic biospheres on Earth and are vital connections for numerous plants and animals between otherwise separate habitats. For thousands of years, humans all over the world have tended to settle along rivers. Due to their advantageous situation at a river, many large cities developed, for instance Cairo, the largest metropolis in Africa.
Rivers provide drinking water and industrial water for everyday life and were – and still are – used as transport routes for people and goods.
Rivers are our lifelines and we still benefit from them to a large extent. Not much is left of their abundance and untouched nature. The lifelines of our landscapes are suffering acutely.