Freshwater habitats host some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on Earth, but they are also among the most threatened. The people and wildlife that are most impacted by their rapid loss and degradation are not receiving the attention or support they need to avoid further declines: our goal is to change that.
This programme is based on ten years of institutional knowledge gained from funding, engaging with and researching freshwater conservation, as well as working with our network of scientific and grassroots advisors. Our approach is to identify conservation funding and action, to complement existing work, and to support initiatives where long-term partnership can achieve lasting and transformative change. To achieve this, our programme consists of three overlapping and complementary funding streams of work:
Catalysing conservation action for freshwater species.
Empowering local communities to build capacity, advocate for and protect freshwater ecosystems.
Advancing knowledge systems and collaborative action for freshwater conservation.
* Images (L to R): Michel Roggo; Mabuwaya Foundation; Chris Scarffe
The abundance of life in freshwater habitats is estimated to have fallen by 83% between 1970 and 2014 (WWF, 2018) – far outstripping the pace of decline in marine or terrestrial habitats.