Effective conservation action begins with a strong understanding of species’ populations, ecologies, the threats they face, and what sort of interventions are likely to be effective in conserving them. This involves using data and information from the local to the global level.
We have identified where support can contribute to key initiatives or coordinate and enable larger-scale information programmes which have the potential for broad benefits for freshwater species conservation.
Synchronicity Earth is helping to advance knowledge of freshwater species and ecosystems by:
Identifying the most important sites for freshwater species conservation.
Key Biodiversity Areas are becoming the most coherent and widely accepted mechanism for recognising key sites of significance for biodiversity. Freshwater KBAs could help protect vital habitats degradation and promote the creation of more freshwater protected areas.
Understanding and assessing the conservation status of freshwater species.
Understanding the conservation status of species is critical to prioritising conservation action and communicating with other stakeholders. The IUCN Red List also provides rich information on the exact pressures a species is under and offers information about how it can be protected.
Helping to develop data-driven conservation action plans for freshwater species and habitats.
Forming action plans in collaboration with local stakeholders is often a key initial step for strategic, effective and locally supported conservation of freshwater species and habitats.
Images (L to R): Mike Baltzer; Madagascar rainbow fish (Adobe Stock); Eleanor Adamson
“Based on the analysis of the work we’ve done for the IUCN Red List – where we look at the specific threats for each species we are assessing – the biggest threat is the loss and degradation of habitat. For example, about 75% of the world’s inland wetlands have been lost, just in the last century.”
Will Darwall, Head of the Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, IUCN Global Species Programme