Toggle Nav

Fresh Water Stories

Free flowing rivers map

Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing

Only a little more than one-third of the world’s 246 longest rivers remain free-flowing, drastically reducing the diverse benefits that healthy rivers provide to people and nature everywhere, according to a new study by WWF and partners.

  • Reusing Water to Nourish Nature

    August 28, 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.

    river in MAR
  • 4 Species Impacted by Dams

    August 14, 2014

    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.

    egret flying
  • Discovering Lake Niassa

    June 09, 2014

    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.

    lake niassa sunset
  • Celebrating Migratory Fish

    May 30, 2014

    In China, rapid development is affecting the Chinese sturgeon, one of the four indicator species WWF is watching as a sign of the Yangtze River’s overall health.

    releasing sturgeon into yangtze
  • New Dam on Mekong River Could Doom Irrawaddy Dolphins

    May 22, 2014

    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.

    dolphin swimming
  • Global Freshwater Conservation Gains Momentum Among UN Countries

    May 21, 2014

    Thirty-five member countries of the United Nations have now officially agreed to common guidelines for sharing and managing freshwater resources that cross international borders.

    Greater Mekong Dry Forest Ecosystems
  • Irrawaddy Dolphins: The Smiling Faces of the Mekong

    April 17, 2014

    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.

    dolphin jumping
  • Changing a River’s Trajectory

    April 15, 2014

    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.

    big bend national park
  • 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
  • Depending on Clean Water: Five Freshwater Animals

    March 13, 2014

    WWF understands the importance of clean and healthy freshwater ecosystems for a thriving planet. So who are these animals that live in and around freshwater? 

    amazon river dolphin travel
  • A River’s Powerful Lesson

    Freshwater problems are particularly acute in the Himalayas where an unprecedented amount of development in Tibet is causing pollution to water sources. During the conference, the monks and nuns brainstormed ideas on how to protect their own water sources from threats.

    thinlay at river
  • Innovative Freshwater Partnership and Pilot Project Launch in China

    February 11, 2014

    On January 14, WWF, The Coca-Cola Company and the Hunan Province in China announced a landmark partnership focused on the Liuyang tributary that will help ensure the Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world, becomes a healthy, resilient freshwater basin.

    boat in river
  • Agua Dulce

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Renewing freshwater resources and strengthening livelihoods around the Mesoamerican Reef
    A Landscape in Honduras
  • 5 Ways You Can Help Protect the Amazon

    August 27, 2013

    It is humbling to think how little attention we give to the Amazon, despite its importance to the stability of the Earth's climate and the incredible array of life that resides there.

    children in canoe in Amazon
  • Protecting the Amazon Through Partnership and Action

    July 16, 2013

    Together with our supporters, governments, partners and local communities, WWF has achieved critical conservation results across the Amazon region through several bold and large-scale programs.

    Amazon aerial