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.
Our Partners sustaining freshwater ecosystems
FESO: Femmes SolidairesFemmes 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 FoundationSynchronicity Earth has supported the Mabuwaya Foundation since 2014 to protect the Critically Endangered Philippine crocodile (Crocodylus mindorensis) through community-based wetland co
Living River AssociationSynchronicity Earth has supported Living River Association for their work to conserve the Mekong river and its tributaries in Northern Thailand since 2013. The Mekong has the largest inland
IUCN Freshwater Conservation Sub-CommitteeSynchronicity Earth supported the IUCN Freshwater Conservation Subcommittee (FCSC) in 2017 in collaboration with Conservation International. The IUCN Species Survival Commission is the lar
International RiversSynchronicity Earth, provided core funding to International Rivers for the first time in 2017 to support their work building a stronger global movement of grassroots organisations working to
International Rivers Africa ProgrammeSynchronicity Earth has supported International Rivers’ Africa Programme since 2013. Africa is a dry continent, yet it is also home to some of the world’s great river systems: the Nile,
IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity UnitThe Freshwater Biodiversity Unit of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is working to raise the profile of freshwater biodiversity. Hidden beneath the surface, fr
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.