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River Ganga, Rishikesh, India

Protecting water could mean advancing peace & prosperity

Many people may not know that access to fresh water around the globe can have big impacts here in the US. This week, WWF released a new book entitled Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy, exploring how access to water affects US national security and prosperity and how the US can respond effectively. We sat down with two WWF experts to provide some background on this link between fresh water and national security.

  • Rebirth along China's Yangtze River

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    Without direct intervention, the Yangtze finless porpoise may face extinction. But that reckoning is up against an even more powerful force: unyielding economic development.
    A ferry captain looks for signs of the Yangtze finless porpoise on the Tian-E-Zhou oxbow lake near Yueyang, China
  • In the US, manatees get a change in status

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    US Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced manatees had been downlisted from Endangered to Threatened on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife.
    Manatee beneath a river surface
  • Close to Home: A river otter swims an iconic English stream

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    WWF is working with partners to not only restore the United Kingdom’s rivers and wildlife to a healthy state, but to protect them—and the otters and others who depend on them—from challenges to come.
    River Otter Magazine Fall 2017
  • A River Runs Through

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    Explore a global WWF project that's combining big partnerships with bigger data to map and protect the world's last free-flowing rivers.
    Satellite image of Luangwa River
  • Learn how to help recharge your local water source

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    Whether we’re washing clothes or watering the lawn, all the water we use in our homes is drawn from a nearby lake, river, reservoir, or aquifer. Together, we can help protect this vital resource.
    takeaway rain graphic fall2017
  • Climate change's impact on California wine

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    California is a global winemaking powerhouse. But extreme weather—from droughts to floods, all driven by climate change—could threaten that productivity.
    a vineyard in California
  • Shambhu Paudel fills the gaps in river dolphin research

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    Shambhu Paudel noticed that the research on freshwater species in his home country of Nepal was extremely limited. So, with help WWF's Russel E. Train Education for Nature Program, he's changing that.
    ganges fall2017
  • Water for All

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    All life depends on water. Learn how WWF is helping to secure global freshwater resources for people and a living planet.
    Wave illustration
  • A role-playing game teaches participants about river basin management

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    If you’ve ever gotten together with friends to play Risk or Settlers of Catan, you know the appeal of a strategy board game.
    People play Get the Grade
  • Protecting wildlife corridors in India's Kaziranga National Park

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2017
    As monsoon rains roll in, wildlife in India’s Kaziranga National Park begins to lumber toward higher ground beyond the protected area’s southern border. WWF works to preserve these vital corridors.
    river fishing india
  • Researchers use drones to count river dolphins in Brazil

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    On a river in Brazil, a quadcopter drone whirred over the water, transmitting a stream of images to a computer. Researchers and the small aircraft had the same job: spotting river dolphins.
    Dolphin Magazine Summer2017
  • On Lobby Day, WWF activists head to Capitol Hill to engage leaders on conservation issues

    March 15, 2017

    The halls of Congress came alive on Tuesday as dozens of WWF activists from across the country met with their representatives to advocate for international conservation funding on Lobby Day 2017.

    activists walk up steps to Congressional building
  • Life along the Mekong: Two generations reflect on the value of clean, fresh water

    October 04, 2016

    While development undeniably brought about positive changes to those living along the Mekong, increased demand for water and economic growth are also leading to unsustainable infrastructure decisions. Compounded by climate change, these decisions threaten the river and all who depend on it.

    Vutra washes clothing in river
  • Data, data everywhere

    September 15, 2016

    Dams play a critical role in water resource management and electricity generation and, generally, they have a huge impact on freshwater biodiversity and sometimes on local communities. Surely it’s time for a consolidated research effort to provide big data on dams.

    River Ganga, Rishikesh, India
  • How can we use data to help protect the Mekong river basin?

    August 05, 2016

    Information is power— at least according to conventional wisdom. But what if we lack access to reliable and scientifically sound information? WWF and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) have teamed up to create river basin report cards—very simple documents that demystify complex scientific information about river systems and take into account what different people value in any given basin.

    Children play in the Meoking river.
  • Addressing drought and other challenges in Mozambique

    August 02, 2016

    Participants of the weeklong workshop, which was hosted by WWF and the Natural Capital Project, learned how to map out Mozambique’s natural resources, why the resources are important, how to build them into decisions about infrastructure and development, and more.

    Mozambique is taking stock of its natural resources to better protect them for both wildlife and people.
  • Sustainable toilet diagram
  • James Redford on the power of telling stories to create positive change

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    James Redford remembers a solitary walk in a snowstorm in Timpanogos Canyon, Utah, as the moment his love for nature “shifted into place and never left.”
    A dry canyon in the American southwest
  • Chris Dodd on making conservation accessible and why a river always runs through him

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    Some of Chris Dodd's most enduring memories revolve around rivers.
    Chris Dodd
  • Newborn Irrawaddy dolphin spotted in Cambodia

    July 05, 2016

    WWF conservation experts were thrilled to spot an mother Irrawaddy dolphin with her newly born baby on the banks of the Mekong River in Cambodia. Just last month, the dolphin family was found in Kampi pool, which is home to around 20 of the last remaining 80 Irrawaddy river dolphins in Cambodia. The river dolphins are beloved icons in Cambodia and females give birth only every two to three years, so any birth creates a sensation.

    Irrawaddy Dolphin Story 07052016
  • The tiger among fish

    May 19, 2016

    The king of India’s Himalayan rivers is the mighty mahseer. The mahseer are not just pretty; they're important too. The mahseer is a flagship species for India.  A flagship species is a species selected to act as an ambassador, icon or symbol for a defined habitat, issue, campaign or environmental cause. Today, five of India’s mahseer species are listed as “endangered” and two as “near threatened” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

    River in India
  • Saving Colombia's daredevil fish

    Fishers have been noticing dramatic changes to the Orinoco River, and the daredevil fish in particular. In short, they're harder to find and no longer travel as far upstream. In an effort to save Colombia’s migratory fish, WWF-Colombia, the National Authority for Aquaculture and Fisheries (AUNAP), and other partners are focused on promoting more sustainable fishing practices throughout the supply chain. And, with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), WWF is trying to shed more light on the health of rivers and their vast biodiversity through projects like the basin report card.

    A man fishing on the Orinoco River in Colombia.
  • What animals live in the Asia high mountains? And eight other Asia high mountains facts

    Species like red pandas, Bengal tigers, blue sheep, Argali wild sheep, and ibex are found in Asia high mountains. Learn more about the Asia high mountains and the work that WWF is doing to protect them.

    A horseback rider rides through the mountains