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impact of waterways around the world post world war 2


Since the end of World War II in 1945, many of the world’s waterways have become vital links for connecting global populations and expanding trade. The increased diplomatic, economic, and scientific attention devoted to the world’s waterways has led to significant improvement in international navigation and the conservation of rare aquatic species. The construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean in 1959 enabled the transport of large quantities of goods in deep-draft vessels. This, in turn, spurred the economic development of surrounding cities, as well as increased international trade and tourism. In Europe, the Rhine River has become an important waterway, providing access to industrialized countries such as Germany, France, Holland, and Switzerland. The European Union’s Waterway Network Initiative has improved the navigability of the main European rivers, resulting in increased tourism and economic development in the region. In Asia, the construction of the Three Gorges Dam along the Yangtze River in China has produced increased electricity generation and facilitates the transport of goods throughout the country’s rapidly expanding economy. In India, the Ganges and Brahmaputra Rivers have been key in allowing access to some of the world's most populous regions, facilitating trade, communication, and access to essential resources. In Latin America, the development of the Panama Canal since its completion in 1914 has enabled global maritime traffic between the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, increasing global trade and economic development in the region. Overall, the increased use and development of the world's waterways post-World War II have drastically increased global trade and enabled improved access to essential resources for many communities.