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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
AWS and its standard will help drive water management coordination globally, but also in regions and—most importantly—in river basins. It will make water stewardship something that’s real and not just a concept. That’s why we at WWF are so excited to see it launch.