Archive for the 'Natural flow' CategoryThursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:27 AM
Vote for natural flow at IUCN World Congress!
In April and May, even if you are obliged to stay at home, there is an excellent way to help wetlands: if your organisation is a member of the IUCN, please vote online for our Motion protecting the natural flow of rivers.
The Congress passes as many Motions as possible in advance of the meeting, by online voting.
When a country protects the natural flow of water from its rivers, lakes, and estuaries, it also protects local communities, indigenous peoples, and biodiversity. This Motion seeks to enshrine this as part part of the policy of the IUCN, an international conservation organisation comprising both governments and non-governmental organisations.
We would very much appreciate your support for this Motion. If your organisation is a member of the IUCN, please vote (or ask the vote holder of your organisation to vote) for this Motion to be passed as a Resolution. Voting is available forom 20 April to 13 May 2020 via the IUCN World Congress website.
You can read the text of the motion on the official website of the IUCN World Conservation Congress.
Other Motions of interest
Related to Natural Flow:
009 - Protecting rivers and their associated ecosystems as corridors in a changing climate
Related to other WWN themes:
Related to wetlands:
014 - Aquatic biodiversity conservation of shallow marine and freshwater systems
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 5:02 PM
Scientists have launched a six-point Emergency Recovery Plan for freshwater biodiversity; they want the plan to guide governments at the next Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) conference in October, and beyond. The Plan resonates greatly with WWN’s work. Most strikingly, Action Six mirrors the Resolution Minoru Kashiwagi is proposing at IUCN World Congress in June: ‘Action 6. Safeguard and restore freshwater connectivity’.
The headins of the action plan are:
Action 1. Accelerate implementation of environmental flows
Action 2. Improve water quality to sustain aquatic life
Action 3. Protect and restore critical habitats
Action 4. Manage exploitation of freshwater species and riverine aggregates
Action 5. Prevent and control nonnative species invasions in freshwater habitats
Action 6. Safeguard and restore freshwater connectivity
The authors also make recommendations for CBD targets. Three Ramsar IOPs are part of the plan (WWF, IUCN, and WWT), along with nine universities and institutes plus consultants from North America, Europe, and Australia
They say the plan ‘This plan extends the concept of species recovery plans established in legislation such as the US Endangered Species Act 1973 and the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999’.
There are also summaries from the participating NGOs, including WWF’s article where you can also download a PDF of the article; and WWT’s article where Director of Conservation says "Our newly published Emergency Recovery Plan presents an outline of straightforward and pragmatic solutions to the freshwater biodiversity crisis that are already proven to work".
The lead-author David Tickner of WWF tweeted a summary saying "If we keep doing the same kind of conservation, we will lose even more wildlife from our rivers, lakes & wetlands."