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Title:FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS
EditPhoto Description:The areas on which humanity depends for its most precious resource are under increasing pressure.
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​​Fresh water is the lifeblood of our planet, and freshwater ecosystems connect headwaters with oceans, land with water, and people with the resources they need to thrive. But when rivers, lakes and wetlands are degraded, their ability to provide reliable supplies of clean water — and to support the species on which millions of vulnerable people depend — is threatened.


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EditResult value:40%
EditResult field:more demand than supply
EditText:Insufficient supply
Demand for fresh water is outstripping supply. Many water systems around the world are currently overtaxed, and some already run dry: The city of Cape Town, South Africa, recently prepared for "Day Zero," when the city’s taps were expected to be turned off. According to one estimate, by 2030 our need for water will outstrip reliable supply by 40 percent.

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EditResult field:of global wastewater returns to ecosystems untreated
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Agriculture, industrial processes, untreated waste and degraded lands are leading causes of pollution in freshwater systems. Impaired water quality threatens freshwater species, affects fisheries all the way to coasts, increases water treatment costs and poses risks to human health.

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EditText:Vulnerability to climate change
Around the world, climate change is already affecting freshwater systems, as droughts and floods occur with greater frequency and intensity. Degraded ecosystems — and the species that live in them — are less resilient to these climate impacts, and communities that depend on the services provided by healthy freshwater ecosystems become increasingly vulnerable.
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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Conservation International's Solutions

Conservation International works to protect and restore the freshwater ecosystems around the world that supply critical services to the people who depend on them most. Our projects use sound science to offer innovative solutions that can serve as models for conservation anywhere on Earth. Given the link between nature and human well-being, we build bridges between conservation and development, providing leaders at all levels with the information they need to consider the full value of nature in their decisions.


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EditCaption Title:Freshwater Health Index
EditCaption Description:The Freshwater Health Index, a tool developed by Conservation International, provides a process for measuring the overall condition of freshwater ecosystems — and their capacity to support healthy, economically sustainable human populations.
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EditImage Alt Text:A woman processing fish.
EditCaption Title:Inland fisheries
EditCaption Description:We work to secure inland freshwater fisheries, which provide food security to millions of people. A focus of our work is in in Cambodia’s “fish factory,” Tonle Sap Lake, in the lower Mekong River Basin.
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EditImage Alt Text:Children drinking water in Udzungwa National Park.
EditCaption Title:WASH in Watersheds
EditCaption Description:Conservation International is working to integrate conservation with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services to enhance land and water stewardship. With the help of our partners, we are producing tools to design, coordinate and implement projects with benefits for people and nature.
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EditCaption Title:Green infrastructure
EditCaption Description:Natural areas help to ensure reliable flows of clean water to communities, from rural villages to major cities. We work to restore and protect this “green” infrastructure and to integrate it with conventional “gray” infrastructure. A focus of our work is in Bogotá, Colombia.
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    Fresh water in the news​

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    EditImage Alt Text:Hippo yawning in Botswana.
    EditCaption Title:Why are freshwater species in trouble? Bad p.r., for one
    EditCaption Description:Freshwater species have a publicity problem: Unlike iconic tigers or sharks, no one is paying attention to the the Baikal seals and hippos of the world.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Bogota, Columbia
    EditCaption Title:To protect its precious water, Bogotá looks to the Big Apple
    EditCaption Description:When it comes to water, Latin American cities can learn a lot from the Big Apple.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Permanent ponds in Guyana’s savanna grasslands serve as important sources of fresh water for locals.
    EditCaption Title:Threats to protected areas jeopardize global freshwater supplies
    EditCaption Description:A paper published in the June edition of Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems presents a picture of the threats facing fresh water supplied by protected areas, and what that means for the billions of people who depend on it.
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    EditImage Alt Text:The floating village of Akal in the middle of Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake.
    EditCaption Title:As dams rise along the Mekong, can leaders balance nature and development?
    EditCaption Description:A look at Laos' plans to move forward with the development of a third controversial hydroelectric dam on the Mekong River.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Young girl enjoys the benefits of having clean water piped into her village from the nearby Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park, Indonesia.
    EditCaption Title:In photos: From forest to mega-city, a river’s journey
    EditCaption Description:A two-hour drive inland from the smog and chaotic congestion of Jakarta, Indonesia, takes you to a place that may as well be worlds away — Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park.
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    EditImage Alt Text:CI Mexico’s Jürgen Hoth holds a lizard found in the native grasslands of Mexico's Water Forest.
    EditCaption Title:Connections and contradictions grow in Mexico’s ‘Water Forest’
    EditCaption Description:It’s home to volcano rabbits, giant mushrooms and ancient lava fields. It supplies 23 million people with water. Its stunning natural beauty obscures years of power struggles and contradictions. Welcome to the Bosque de Agua (Water Forest).
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    EditImage Alt Text:The Addala Dam in the Philippines.
    EditCaption Title:Citing threats to wildlife, experts urge caution amid dam-building rush
    EditCaption Description:Hydropower from dams has brought electricity — and development — to far-flung places around the world. But dams have a dark side, upending water supplies and species where they have been built.
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    EditCall to Action Description:More than 2 billion people lack access to safe, readily available water at home. Your donation can help us conserve the freshwater ecosystems that people depend on.
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    You can also help if you...

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    EditSection Title:‘I’m something they just take for granted... but there is only so much of me.’
    EditSection subtitle:Fresh water is the lifeblood of the planet. No one can survive without it. Now, it has a voice.
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    EditImage Alt Text:Night falls over Rio de Janeiro. © Nikada

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    EditImage Alt Text:Udzungwa National Park's Sanje Waterfall overlooks farmland that depends on its water. © Benjamin Drummond

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    EditImage Alt Text:Woman rows to a floating market in the Mekong region. © Amir Jina