We are proposing three effective global to local solutions to our current water security and ecosystem management crisis. We must better understand, manage, and value our freshwater systems.
Identify places where species, ecosystems, and services are highly concentrated and are also under threat, and evaluate the role that freshwater species and ecosystems play in delivering services to people to most effectively design interventions that provide a desired mix of conservation, development and human well being benefits.
Ensure good governance and secure protection of freshwater species and ecosystems, from headwaters to estuaries, by implementing eight flagship projects in key sites and replicating and amplifying results across the globe.
Create incentives for using fresh water efficiently, reducing pollution, and developing natural alternatives to meet water infrastructure needs, and attribute and capture the dollar values of the ecosystem services that are provided by protecting and restoring freshwater ecosystems.