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Karin Krchnak

Director, Freshwater Program

Karin Krchnak
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Karin 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.

“Women really are stewards of water. In many communities, it’s the women who collect water, who are using it for washing and cooking, and who are caring for family members when they become sick from water-borne diseases,” Karin says. “One of the greatest opportunities to influence freshwater conservation is to ensure that women are consulted and involved in projects to secure a healthy water supply for their families and for nature.”

Karin directs WWF’s work on freshwater policy, supports river conservation projects in the US, Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and develops partnerships with governments, corporations, foundations and bilateral and multi-lateral aid agencies to advance freshwater conservation. An environmental lawyer by training, Karin’s career has focused on improving policies and procedures related to environmental management and resource conservation.

Before joining WWF, Karin served as the global partnerships director and director of international water policy for the Nature Conservancy and managed two global secretariats aimed at improving information disclosure, transparency and accountability in environmental decision-making for the World Resource Institute. She also acted as population and environment program manager for the National Wildlife Federation’s international programs. Prior to that, she ran the Environmental Law Reform Program for the Former Soviet Union for the American Bar Association.

Karin currently serves as WWF’s representative on the Board of Governors of the World Water Council and represents WWF on the U.S. Water Partnership.

Learn more about WWF’s work to conserve fresh water.

“We can’t live without water—and that includes the communities, wildlife and ecosystems that depend on this resource for survival. I want to work with the private sector, government and communities to make rivers healthier for people and nature.”

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JD – University of Maryland
BA – Political Science, Duke University

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable Dams
  • Water Resource Management