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Two women use the river to wash up while avoiding the threat of crocodiles along the Luangwa River.

Saving a beloved home along the Luangwa River in Zambia

The Luangwa River is one of the longest remaining free-flowing rivers in Southern Africa. It flows through an area which boasts some of the most pristine habitats left in Zambia for elephants, lions, leopards and a myriad of other wildlife. A dam has been proposed on the Luangwa that would flood almost the entire Luembe chiefdom, destroying habitats and displacing thousands of people.  

  • Fresh Water Collection System
  • An indigenous community in Bolivia rallies to protect river turtles

    The tiny Bolivian town of Versalles, nestled along the Iténez River, is home to one of the largest river turtle hatcheries in the Amazon. Community efforts have helped to increase turtle numbers, but the species remains vulnerable to threats far beyond the community’s control.

    South American River Turtle (Podocnemis expansa) Ilha de Praia Alta, Rondonia. Brazil
  • Capturing freshwater stories through the lens of a camera

    March 22, 2016

    Since 2011, photographer Mustafah Abdulaziz has travelled to eight countries capturing images for his long-term photographic project highlighting the global water crisis. Collectively, the photographs chart the diverse and far reaching effects of urbanization, poor sanitation, pollution, water scarcity, and the side effects of expanding industry and population.

    Women collecting water
  • 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
  • Transforming the Future of Fresh Water

    April 08, 2014

    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.

    Hadejio-Nguru wetlands Nigeria
  • What to Do on World Water Day

    March 18, 2014

    About 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in water. Though it seems abundant, just 1% of world’s water is fresh (not salty) and available (not frozen). And that mighty 1% is under threat.

    But we all can do something to help fresh water.

    boy in lake
  • Crowdsourcing for Conservation

    WWF and six other NGOs announced the Freshwater Fish BioBlitz on February 2, 2014. This new digital platform enables anyone with a camera to contribute to freshwater conservation.

    canoe looking
  • Saving Wetlands and Water, Little By Little

    A team of wetland protection volunteers is working together to help WWF and The Coca-Cola Company on a source water protection project.

    Jinyan wetlands