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Vote for IUCN natural flow motion

Thursday, 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

013 - Protection of Andes-Amazon rivers of Peru: the Marañón, Ucayali, Huallaga and Amazonas, from large-scale infrastructure projects

015 - Supporting the Lower Mekong Basin countries with the transboundary management of water resources, ecosystems and biodiversity

016 - The importance of a cross-border approach to prioritise biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change and risk management in the Río de la Plata Basin

017 - Cooperation on transboundary fresh waters to ensure ecosystem conservation, climate resilience and sustainable development

063 - Dams in the Alto Paraguay River Basin, the Pantanal and the Paraná-Paraguay Wetland System

Related to other WWN themes:

002 - Strengthened institutional inclusion concerning indigenous peoples

039 - Protecting environmental human and peoples' rights defenders and whistleblowers

048 - Rediscovering the care of Mother Earth from the vision of indigenous peoples

045 - Recognising and supporting indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights and roles in conservation

055 - Global Indigenous Network for Aquaculture (GINA)

076 - Role of children and youth in nature conservation

Related to wetlands:
014 - Aquatic biodiversity conservation of shallow marine and freshwater systems

034 - [Climate Change and Biodiversity Crisis] [Promoting integrated solutions to the climate change and biodiversity crises] 

018 - Conservation of spring ecosystems in the Mediterranean region

035 - Enhancing the resilience of coastal areas in the face of climate change, biodiversity crisis and rapid coastal development

036 - The implementation of nature-based solutions in the Mediterranean Basin

006 - Promoting harmony between cranes – flagships for biodiversity – and agriculture

073 - Promotion of the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions

114 - Saving the world’s otters

Freshwater biodiversity Emergency Recovery Plan

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’.

The plan is published in the journal BioScience:  

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."