IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit
The 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, freshwater species are often overlooked. The lack of data on their population trends, habitats and the threats to their survival has meant that the impact of human development on these species has rarely been considered. The result has been a staggering decline in their populations, WWF (2016) calculate an 81% decline in the abundance of freshwater species between 1970 and 2014, whilst 29% of freshwater fish are threatened with extinction.
The Freshwater Biodiversity Unit is comprised of some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated freshwater scientists worldwide and their work is, quite literally, putting freshwater species on the map. The IUCN is a leading provider of biodiversity knowledge to guide action on the ground, to convene conservation planning and develop advocacy tools. Our funding is giving a vital boost to the team’s work, enabling new and innovative projects to gain traction. It is also ensuring that information and fundraising products can be developed and that freshwater biodiversity conservation agendas can be raised at international conferences and events.