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  • Great Rivers Partnership Home
    page Turn on more accessible mode Turn off more accessible mode Skip Ribbon Commands Skip to main content Jump to River Basin THE GREAT RIVERS PARTNERSHIP brings together diverse stakeholders and best science to work toward sustainable management and development of the world s most critical river systems Receive E News Support Great Rivers Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit

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  • About
    bind us to each other They are key to building stable and equitable economies feeding growing populations and improving the health and well being of people especially the poor Yet the dream of integrating and balancing the many ways we use our Great Rivers has been elusive Too often we make shortsighted choices face competing priorities and send problems downstream Our Mission The Great Rivers Partnership brings together diverse partners and best science to expand options for achieving the sustainable management and development of the world s Great Rivers and their basins We seek shared solutions to common land and water use dilemmas recognizing the inescapable linkages that connect our economy human well being and ecosystem sustainability We view our history and leadership role in the Mississippi River Basin as an important regional asset and a foundation for promoting the global exchange of knowledge and expertise The Great Rivers Partnership is a global priority program of The Nature Conservancy the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people TNC TNC TNC TNC TNC TNC TNC TNC TNC Our Approach Global Network The GRP works to advance Integrated River Basin Management

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  • Global Network to Advance IRBM
    add value to i ts e xisting wo r k in river basins a nd to e ngage a wid e r r a nge of s t akehold e rs t h a n o t h er wise possible Together these Support Partners aim to facili t ate in all regions of t he wo r ld the e m e rg e nce of effective a nd effici e nt wat e r gov er n a nce as well as s us t ainable d e velopm e nt of wat e r resources in a way that reconciles competing demands on our rivers and strikes a balance for social economic and ecological health Learn More For more information on the Network please reference the resources below and stay tuned for Partner features and news at right You can also contact us for further details or to inquire about collaboration opportunities Network Launch Official Press Release Partner Memorandum of Understanding Letters of Support Partner Web Links Global Environment Facility s Int l Waters Learning Exchange Network IW LEARN Global Water Partnership GWP International RiverFoundation IRF International Network of Basin Organizations INBO International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN World Wide Fund for Nature WWF International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River ICPDR The Nature Conservancy s Great Rivers Partnership GRP Partner Spotlights Niger River John Spooner Flickr Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Partners Target the Indus Mekong and Niger Basins A workshop held at the International Food Policy Research Institute IFPRI Headquarters in Washington DC recently marked the start of a new IFPRI project titled Agricultural development ecosystems and their services Insights from Agent Based Modeling in the Indus Mekong and Niger basins a

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  • Events
    and development of the world s most critical river systems News Community Blog Newsroom Events Multimedia Balanced Approach Page Content 1 November 2015 03 12 PM 18th Int l Congress Exhibition of the African Water Assoc Feb 22 to 26 2016 Tags Continue Reading gt gt 9 October 2015 05 41 PM River Rally May 20 to 23 2015 Tags Continue Reading gt gt 13 January 2015 08 17 AM

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  • Mississippi River Basin
    More than 400 native species of freshwater fish call the basin home The Mississippi also acts as a vital migration corridor for 60 percent of North America s bird species and provides critical habitat for freshwater mussels otters and other creatures including the rare Louisiana black bear Conservation Challenges The Mississippi River Basin has been highly altered over the last 200 years as a result of conversion of land from grassland and forest to agricultural production and urban areas protection of people and property from variable and sometimes devastating floods and construction of a commercial navigation system to transport agricultural and other bulk commodities to national and international markets Today the river has altered hydrology altered sediment and nutrient cycling regimes and altered flows and longitudinal connectivity and altered lateral connectivity within the river floodplain Over time many of these alterations have led to environmental degradation which has been the inspiration for management actions to mitigate the impacts Management Challenges The Nature Conservancy has been engaged throughout the basin for decades and the first phase of the GRP took TNC to new levels of involvement with agencies organizations policymakers and diverse stakeholders focused on the river its floodplain and several of the adjacent watersheds The major management challenges to safeguarding the ecological integrity of the Mississippi River Basin and the areas where the GRP will continue to focus efforts include Governance Uniting diverse stakeholders sectors and geographies behind a shared vision and building recognition for the basin using sound science and best practices to inform policy alternatives and measuring progress toward a healthier watershed that is economically socially and ecologically sustainable Sustainable Agriculture Increasing production with environmentally sustainable practices by working with producers informing developing and influencing policy and sustainable agricultural practices through demonstration projects that reduce sediment and nutrient

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  • Magdalena River Basin
    215 fish species 50 endemic 30 threatened Unfortunately a variety of pressures are contributing to a decline in fish biodiversity and freshwater fisheries Forty four fish species from the Magdalena River have been included in the Red Book for Conservation Mojica et al 2002 Between 1975 and 2008 the annual fish harvest decreased from 80 thousand to eight thousand Lasso et al 2011 In addition the composition of fish capture has changed dramatically with an increase in less desirable fish Conservation Challenges Basin wide unsustainable land use practices and land use change are degrading the integrity of freshwater ecosystems and the services they provide e g deforestation overgrazing insufficient protected areas that target freshwater Management Challenges The basin is at a critical stage of development facing major expansion of water infrastructure mainly related to hydropower navigability and flood control Inadequate institutional coordination low governance and poor information quality and decision making tools could dramatically change the ecological integrity of the Magdalena as a natural river A comprehensive analysis of these challenges conducted by The Nature Conservancy TNC and the Colombian National Government recommended the following overarching responses the creation and adoption of an integrated vision of the basin as a whole by the government and its different agencies and the private sector to support planning processes and future decisions an effort to increase the institutional capacity and coordination to support Integrated River Basin Management IRBM in the Magdalena basin and investments in securing protected areas and improving land management practices supported by sustainable funding mechanisms To meet these challenges TNC has worked to develop relationships with various economic sectors and communities building trust and establishing a foundation for dialogue on shared solutions Likewise formal partnerships with government agencies have advanced these goals Collaboration with the local river management authority Cormagdalena for instance has already produced strategic information such as the basin wide Freshwater Conservation Blueprint portfolio This tool defines important areas for freshwater conservation in the basin which can inform future development projects roads mining oil dams and guide management decisions In addition the TNC team has created a hydrological model to be used by government agencies as part of a basin scale decision making system These efforts complement the launch of demonstration projects aimed at improving land management such as water funds and sustainable cattle Strategic plans for river management led by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development MADS and Cormagdalena are currently being formulated Dam on Porce River Iván Gil TNC Dam on Porce River Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Fabio at the ranch Andrés Quilaguy TNC Exploring River Dynamics The Porce River Basin a sub basin of Colombia s Magdalena River supports hydroelectric and water supply needs for one

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  • Paraguay-Paraná River System
    The Paraguay Paraná river system courses through Brazil Bolivia Paraguay Uruguay and Argentina Emerging from the Brazilian Highlands the two rivers run parallel before uniting in Argentina and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean One of the largest river systems in South America second only to the Amazon it provides drinking water food energy and transportation to more than 70 million people Despite composing one system the two rivers have remarkable differences The Paraná for example lies in a highly developed region and is home to the Itaipu the world s largest hydropower facility in terms of energy production Producing 60 of Brazil s hydroelectricity the basin also supports extensive cattle ranching and agriculture Likewise it inspires international tourism as home to the world s second largest waterfall Iguaçu Falls On the other hand the Paraguay River basin remains sparsely populated with approximately 75 of its original vegetation in tact The basin encompasses 420 thousand square miles and supports more livestock overall than people 30 million to 8 The Upper Paraguay River Basin supplies floodwaters to the Pantanal the world s largest wetland and one of the richest in terms of biodiversity Unfortunately without mitigation of environmental damage the proposed expansion of more than 60 new dams in the region will significantly alter the Pantanal s flooding cycle This coupled with irrigation deforestation and non integrated infrastructure poses serious threats to the vitality of Paraguay Paraná system To address these challenges the Great Rivers Partnership helped launch the Water Producer Program in conjunction with the National Water Agency ANA and other partners in the Piracicaba Capivari Jundiaí watershed in southeast Brazil The program financially compensates rural landowners for implementing conservation practices upstream that help safeguard clean water for users downstream Now being replicated in more than 20 other watersheds in Brazil

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  • Zambezi River Basin
    2 575 kilometers the Zambezi River emerges from a wetland in Zambia s northwest corner and winds through varied terrain until flowing into the Indian Ocean With its tributaries the Zambezi represents Africa s fourth largest river supporting more than 30 million people in its basin and traversing numerous political boundaries People living in the basin rely on agriculture for their livelihood and some depend on healthy fisheries for food as well The Zambezi also provides important habitat for a myriad of wildlife including hippos crocodiles black rhinos and more than 200 species of fish The river system fuels Victoria Falls one of the world s greatest natural wonders as well as the Kariba and Cahora Bassa dams two of Africa s largest hydroelectric projects While hydropower is considered by some to be essential in developing the region these dams have drastically reduced flood cycles and disrupted wildlife feeding and breeding Likewise traditional farming and fishing patterns have been interrupted by the altered river flow The World Wide Fund for Nature WWF continues to lead efforts to connect transboundary stakeholders along the Zambezi to implement a basin wide master plan for environmental flow management Their work has blossomed into the

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