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  • Partnering to protect a major river in South America

    November 02, 2015

    The Orinoco is one of the longest rivers in South America. The river and its surrounding forests teem with wildlife: the Orinoco crocodile, river dolphins, colorful parrots, the giant anaconda. But the river basin is also under threat from human development.

    the orinoco river
  • Partnering to Protect a Vital Water Source in Guatemala

    October 08, 2015

    WWF and the Fundacion Defensores de la Naturaleza (FDN), which has official responsibility for managing the natural resources of Sierra de las Minas, work with local residents to protect the vast forests in the region—and the precious water that flows through them.

    sierra minas landscape
  • Rain-Fed Farms: Harnessing the Power of Precipitation

    August 18, 2015

    Rain is the only source of water for some farmers in Mexico. Warmer temperatures mean water supplies are shrinking and agricultural yields are dropping. Here's how a community in the Mexican state of Chihuahua harness rainfall and use it to grow their crops.

    boy with rain-fed farm
  • Why we care about waters that cross borders

    July 22, 2015

    We depend on fresh water for everything from energy to power our cities to food to fuel our bodies and keep us alive. Yet less than 1 percent of the world’s water is fresh and accessible. This means we must work extra hard—together—to protect the invaluable finite resource.

    Rio Grande River, Texas
  • Diving Deep into Fresh Water with WWF's Karin Krchnak

    June 25, 2015

    WWF's Karin Krchnak is passionate about connecting the links between communities’ access to clean water and the role that individuals, especially women, can play in conserving the world’s freshwater resources. She has devoted much of her career to exploring how the sustainable management of rivers can benefit both people and nature.

    Fresh water
  • The Earth Has a Third Pole—And Millions of People Use Its Water

    June 04, 2015

    Overlapping heavily with snow leopard habitat, the Third Pole encompasses the snow-covered mountains surrounding the Tibetan Plateau. The Pole’s thousands of glaciers and regular snow melt form the headwaters for 10 of Asia’s biggest rivers, which bring drinking water, power and irrigation directly to 210 million people, while these river basins indirectly support more than 1.3 billion people.

    lake and mountains in asia
  • A Passion for Conservation Along the Rio Grande

    May 20, 2015

    Big Bend National Park’s river ranger Mike Ryan is passionate about working to conserve the river for future generations. Growing up less than five miles from the river, Ryan has long appreciated its charm, power and role in sustaining life. As a park ranger, Ryan is primarily responsible for law enforcement and protecting Park visitors. However, he spends whatever extra time he can find assisting the Park’s and partnering scientists, conservationists and managers as they restore the river after decades of decline.

    mike ryan in canoe
  • Meet the World's Hottest Freshwater Fish

    May 06, 2015

    Known locally as El Cabezón de Julimes, several thousand pupfish take up exclusive residency in El Pandeño de los Pandos hot springs in this small municipality about 80 minutes southeast of City of Chihuahua, Mexico. Rarely more than two inches long, pupfish live in water that reaches 114 degrees Fahrenheit, earning it the title of “hottest fish in the world.” 

  • Hundreds of Thousands Show Their Support for Fresh Water

    April 22, 2015

    Water plays a massive role for all living things. Yet fresh water—what we use for drinking, growing and cleaning, among many other things—makes up less than 1 percent of all water on the planet. That’s why we need to work extra hard to keep the resource safe, clean and available to all.

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  • A milestone in the race to save the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoises

    March 26, 2015

    The critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise received a lifeline this week when the Chinese government executed a plan to move a small group of the species to a new home.

    Swimming finless porpoises
  • Clean water for healthy communities

    March 23, 2015

    Water—and the sanitation it provides—is an essential ingredient for healthy human life. It is crucial to remember this as world leaders finalize the Sustainable Development Goals, a United Nations-led global framework that will guide development priorities for the next 15 years.

    cameroon washing clothes
  • Funky Freshwater Fish

    January 15, 2015

    We’re all familiar with the common bass and trout living in our rivers and lakes. But the underwater freshwater world gets wackier than those basic swimmers.

    congo goliath tiger fish
  • Inspirational Leadership on the Rio Grande/Bravo

    January 07, 2015

    Joe Sirotnak, a federal botanist in Big Bend National Park, and his colleagues are focused on restoring and protecting the Rio Grande/Bravo River. This involves removing invasive plants that threaten the natural environment, re-vegetating tributaries that fuel the river, and coordinating crews to help with all these processes.

    joe river ranger
  • Saving the Finless Porpoise

    September 30, 2014

    Protecting the current population of the Yangtze finless porpoise in limited reserves is not enough. We need to restore wetlands, work with farmers and fishers, and help industrial parks improve their water efficiency and reduce pollution all along the Yangtze River.

    finless porpoise up close
  • Say No to Don Sahong Dam

    September 12, 2014

    Buddhist monks, community mobilizers, youth and various organizations rallied together against a backdrop of boats bearing banners asking Mega First to stop the controversial Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River on Sept. 11, 2014.

    protest on boat
  • Reusing Water to Nourish Nature

    August 28, 2014

    One of the goals for the partnership between WWF and The Coca-Cola Company is to measurably improve environmental performance across the Company’s value chain, including working with bottlers such as Cervecería Hondureña.

    river in MAR
  • Weather Stations for Conservation

    August 25, 2014

    WWF and The Coca-Cola Company, are trying to make sure today’s farmers to apply environmental knowledge to farming. Agricultural runoffs like pesticides, fertilizers and topsoil are some of the greatest threats to the Mesoamerican Reef, the second-largest reef in the world. 

    weather station
  • 4 Species Impacted by Dams

    August 14, 2014

    Many freshwater species depend on free-flowing rivers to complete their life cycles, and in some systems, those species make up critical parts of people’s diets. Here’s a look at five important species impacted by dams.

    egret flying
  • Discovering Lake Niassa

    June 09, 2014

    A WWF team, in collaboration with scientists from the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, is using underwater cameras as part of a pilot study to establish a baseline of the fish diversity of the Lake Niassa Partial Reserve.

    lake niassa sunset
  • Celebrating Migratory Fish

    May 30, 2014

    In China, rapid development is affecting the Chinese sturgeon, one of the four indicator species WWF is watching as a sign of the Yangtze River’s overall health.

    releasing sturgeon into yangtze
  • New Dam on Mekong River Could Doom Irrawaddy Dolphins

    May 22, 2014

    An estimated 85 critically endangered Irrawaddy dolphins cling to survival in a stretch of the mighty Mekong River between Cambodia and Laos—exactly where Mega First Corporation Berhad is scheduled to begin construction of a massive dam in a few months.

    dolphin swimming
  • Global Freshwater Conservation Gains Momentum Among UN Countries

    May 21, 2014

    Thirty-five member countries of the United Nations have now officially agreed to common guidelines for sharing and managing freshwater resources that cross international borders.

    Greater Mekong Dry Forest Ecosystems
  • Irrawaddy Dolphins: The Smiling Faces of the Mekong

    April 17, 2014

    Irrawaddy dolphins are an unusual species with small populations found in Southeast Asia. WWF works with local communities to develop fishery management zones to help sustain the fish population and conserve the species.

    dolphin jumping
  • Changing a River’s Trajectory

    April 15, 2014

    WWF and partners are working to restore a section of the Rio Grande/Bravo along the US-Mexico border. The river’s water is already 150% over-allocated and the onset of climate change has led to serious drought.

    big bend national park