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role of waterways around the world post world war 2

Waterways played an important role in the post-World War II world for trade and transportation. In the era of decolonization, the waterways became a crucial means of transportation between the newly founded nations of the world. In addition to being used to transport goods and materials, the waterways—rivers, canals, and seas—were also used for international migration. This allowed millions of people to rebuild their lives after the destruction of war. At the same time, many of the world’s waterways were also faced with pollution and contamination from industries and industrial uses. As a result, numerous efforts were made to reduce the environmental damage and protect the waters. In the United States, for example, the 1972 Clean Water Act aimed to improve the quality of the nation’s waterways. Following this, numerous other regional and international organizations and initiatives were put in place to promote the sustainable use and protection of the world’s waters. In more current times, waterways continue to be used and important for transportation, trade, and recreation. In the age of increased international trade, waterways remain some of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of transporting goods around the world. In addition, more people are using the waterways for tourism and recreation. This growth has put an increased strain on the already fragile ecosystems. As a result, much of the same protections and regulations have been put in place to ensure sustainable use and conservation of the world’s waterways.

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