IUCN Freshwater Conservation Sub-Committee

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The IUCN Species Survival Commission is the largest network of conservationists in the world. It brings together experts in species and ecosystem conservation from across the globe and has more than 10,000 members. Within the Species Survival Commission there are more than 30 specialist groups which seek to advance knowledge and action to conserve freshwater species.

The Freshwater Conservation Subcommittee was established in 2010 in order to allow the Species Survival Commission (SSC) to urgently address the global freshwater biodiversity crisis – extinction rates in freshwater ecosystems are estimated to be four to six times those in marine and terrestrial environments. Its mandate is to align and coordinate the conservation activities of the SSC through its specialist groups, to provide the SSC with authority and credibility in its engagement with policy processes, and to raise awareness and increase the profile of the freshwater biodiversity crisis.

Synchronicity Earth has supported the IUCN Freshwater Conservation Subcommittee (FCSC) since 2017 in collaboration with Conservation International. Subcommittees within the IUCN Species Survival Commission are run from voluntary contributions. Synchronicity Earth is therefore funding the commitment of staff time to the FCSC, in turn building the FCSC’s capacity to coordinate freshwater biodiversity conservation through both the Species Survival Commission, and the wider IUCN.

At A Glance