As part of World Water Day activities encouraged by the government of Venezuela, the Venezuelan diplomatic mission in the United States, together with representatives from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Honduras and non-profit organization Casey Tree organized a day of tree planting in Washington D.C. The activity will take place on Saturday, March 21st along Massachusetts Avenue between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Activities of this kind aim to continue the environmental policies developed by the Venezuelan government. It is important to highlight that one of these policies has been the incorporation of over 7 million people to water sanitation services, and the inclusion of over 6 million people to the drinking water network in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. These statistics surpass the Millennium Development Goals for water established by the United Nations. Joint efforts by the government and Venezuelan communities allowed them to accomplish the goals of fifty percent reductions by 2015 of the number of people without access to drinking water or basic sanitation services.
Towards this goal, the Executive branch has invested nearly $2.8 billion since 2000 in over 270 projects nation-wide. These projects are aimed at capturing, distributing, cleaning and treating water, and have given over 7 million people access to this vital liquid.
For more information about Venezuelan government policies related to sustainable development and the social vision of our natural resources to guarantee the well-being of the population, please read the following fact sheets:
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Press Office / March 20, 2009