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Freshwater

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Freshwater Programme: Conserving freshwater fish and ecosystems

The freshwater programme addresses an urgent but largely unrecognised conservation crisis in freshwater ecosystems. As industrial water use has risen, and human development pressures intensified, freshwater habitats have been pushed further and further away from the natural conditions in which species evolved. This has had dramatic implications for the survival of freshwater fish and other species. According to the Living Planet Report, between 1970 and 2012,  from a sample of 3,324 populations of 881 species across the globe, the abundance of freshwater species has declined by 81%, and one third of these are now assessed to be endangered species at risk of extinction.

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Our Partners sustaining freshwater ecosystems

Instituto Juruá

Instituto Juruá is a non-profit organisation formed by conservationists and researchers in close partnership with community leaders and local associations along the Juruá River, in the hea

Global Environment Centre

Global Environment Centre is a Malaysia-based non-governmental organisation with the mission to support the protection of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources to meet loc

Bournemouth University Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainability

The Bournemouth University Centre for Ecology, Environment and Sustainability is a multi-disciplinary research team of geographers, environmental scientists, and ecologists which is leading

IUCN Freshwater Plants Specialist Group (FPSG)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Freshwater Plants Specialist Group (FPSG) is part of the Species Survival Commission, which pools the knowledge of more than 10,000

Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition of more than 200 organisations dedicated to advancing the forest, land and natural resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, loca

Yayasan Bumi Sawerigading (YBS)

Yayasan Bumi Sawerigading (YBS) is a non-profit organisation located in Sulawesi, Indonesia. It works towards a model of development for the island which is centred on community empowerment

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Shoal

Shoal is an exciting new initiative aimed at engaging a wide range of organisations to grow and develop interest and funding for freshwater species conservation, particularly fish. This is

FESO: Femmes Solidaires

Femmes Solidaires (FESO), is a coalition of 24 women’s groups from across the DRC advocating for equal energy access and the democratic participation of women in Congolese society. FESO ha

Mabuwaya Foundation

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Living River Association

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IUCN Freshwater Conservation Committee

The Freshwater Conservation Committee is dedicated to coordinating action to conserve and restore freshwater environments around the world. The International Union for Conservation of Nature

International Rivers

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International Rivers Africa Programme

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IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit

The Freshwater Biodiversity Unit of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is working to inform and promote the conservation of freshwater species through providing robus

SHOAL: Conserving freshwater fish

Shoal is an exciting new initiative aimed at engaging a wide range of organisations to grow and develop interest and funding for freshwater species conservation, particularly freshwater fish. This is a group of species in urgent need of more attention and action. Effective conservation of freshwater fish can maintain and improve the functioning of whole freshwater ecosystems – reaping benefits for other species, habitats and people.

Shoal seeks to engage a diverse community from across the profit and non-profit sectors to be part of this innovative new partnership that will change the face of freshwater fish conservation. Shoal is designed to be a true partnership from the outset, including and going beyond funding. This partnership will identify and support exemplary freshwater fish conservation projects, as well as enabling the exchange of skills and knowledge and the building of capacity and awareness. It will nurture mutual respect, collaborative projects and joint funding to enable conservation action in the most critical places for freshwater fish and their habitats. Synchronicity Earth is the initial host organisation for Shoal.