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WWF works to sustain the natural world for the benefit of people and wildlife, collaborating with partners from local to global levels in nearly 100 countries.
All life needs water. It is the world’s most precious resource, fueling everything from the food we eat, to the cotton we wear, to the energy we depend upon. Unfortunately, freshwater systems around the world are increasingly at risk. Securing water for people and nature cannot happen alone, and it cannot happen in a vacuum. Basin report cards will help revolutionize how communities, conservationists, governments, businesses, and international development organizations collaborate on freshwater resources, facilitating a water-secure future for all.
Most water problems are governance problems. We can’t expect better decisions to be made about water without the appropriate tools and understanding; report cards provide both.
Freshwater species are declining at an average of 76%—far faster than their marine or terrestrial counterparts, according to the 2014 Living Planet Index. Around the world, almost all freshwater ecosystems are impacted by human activity in one way or another. Report cards can track the status of important species and systems over time.
Almost a billion people suffer from hunger; 768 million live without a safe, clean water supply; and, 2.7 billion depend on traditional sources of energy such as wood as their main fuel for cooking and heating. Providing everyone with the food, water and energy they need is already a daunting prospect, and climate change and the continued depletion natural resources will further exacerbate the situation. Report cards can help identify the current status and interconnectivity of these needs, all of which depend on a healthy, well-managed freshwater basin.
River basins are vital for economic growth—but only if water threats are addressed. According to a study commissioned by HSBC, the economic output of the world's 10 most populous river basins will exceed that of the US, Japanese and German economies combined by 2050—but only if they get water right. Report cards can articulate shared water risks and opportunities in a way that both the public and private sectors can understand and act on.