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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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  • Water Funds for People and Nature - News & Community
    3 280 acres of grassland will be restored and another 10 665 acres will be conserved as part of the Pipiripau Water Producer project Today similar water funds and water producer initiatives are also being used in watersheds in Colombia Ecuador and Peru to protect forests and grasslands and help provide clean safe drinking water for millions of people Learn more about how this program has expanded Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 350 Manage Clickthrough Reports en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelClickThrough aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 352 Manage Model Item Security en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelItemSecurity aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2000000 FileType smdl 353 Regenerate Model en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer GenerateModel aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 354 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType smdl 351 Load in Report Builder en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderModelContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x2 FileType smdl 250 Edit in Report Builder layouts images ReportServer EditReport gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer RSAction aspx RSAction ReportBuilderReportContext list ListId ID ItemId 0x0

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  • Environment and Hydropower Giants Sign Agreement - News & Community
    partner as we demonstrate that water infrastructure like dams can be more sustainable Our work together aims to prove that hydropower and flood protection can go hand in hand with protecting the vital freshwater systems that people and nature depend on By combining our different skills and experience we can get more done together than we can on our own Environmental protection is one of the most important factors to be considered during the dam plan design construction and operation in CTG s projects Through the cooperation with The Nature Conservancy China Three Gorges Corporation can improve the protection of the environment and improve the benefits of the people living along the river said Mr Cao Guangjing Board Chairman China Three Gorges Corporation We look forward to working with The Nature Conservancy not only inside China but also globally We share the same vision and have built a trust that is the solid foundation for the cooperation Tags Add Comment Items on this list require content approval Your submission will not appear in public views until approved by someone with proper rights More information on content approval Title Body Full Name Attachments Hidden Blog Tools Something Missing Is there information that you think should become part of our knowledge share Recommend Looking for More Scientific Resources The Nature Conservancy offers tools to guide freshwater conservation Explore Copyright 2012 The Nature Conservancy Privacy Policy Terms of Use The Nature Conservancy is a nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law Quick Launch Categories Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Manage Subscriptions layouts images ReportServer Manage Subscription gif en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ManageSubscriptions aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x80 0x0 FileType rdl 350 Manage Data Sources en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DataSourceList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 351 Manage Shared Datasets en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DatasetList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x20 FileType rdl 352 Manage Parameters en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ParameterList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 353 Manage Processing Options en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportExecution aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 354 Manage Cache Refresh Plans en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer CacheRefreshPlanList aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rdl 355 View Report History en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ReportHistory aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x40 FileType rdl 356 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 350 Edit Data Source Definition en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer SharedDataSource aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType rsds 351 View Dependent Items en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer DependentItems aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 350 Manage Clickthrough Reports en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelClickThrough aspx list ListId ID ItemId 0x0 0x4 FileType smdl 352 Manage Model Item Security en us NewsAndCommunity layouts ReportServer ModelItemSecurity aspx list

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  • International Steering Committee
    Conservancy The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy Brian McPeek Chair The Nature Conservancy Chief Operating Officer Caterpillar Inc Caterpillar Inc Kimberly S Hauer Caterpillar Inc Chief HR Officer and VP Human Services Daniel P Mecklenborg Ingram Barge Company Senior VP HR Chief Legal Officer Secretary The Nature Conservancy Brenda Shapiro The Nature Conservancy s Illinois Chapter Trustee GRP Advisory Board Trustee Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Cargill Marine and Terminal Richard R Calhoun Cargo Carriers Cargill Inc President German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment German Ministry of Environment Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety German Ministry of Environment Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety Dr Fritz Holzwarth German Ministry of Environment Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety Deputy Director General Dr Eun Kyung Park Korea Water Forum President U S Army Corps of Engineers U S Army Corps of Engineers U S Army Corps of Engineers U S Army Corps of Engineers Steven L Stockton SES U S Army Corps of Engineers Director of Civil Works Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Global Environment Facility Alfred Duda Global Environment Facility Senior Advisor Recently Retired World Bank World Bank World Bank World Bank World Bank World Bank World Bank Rachel Kyte World Bank

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  • Fisheries
    500 known fish species with several hundred more species lacking formal definition The floodplains of large rivers are also amongst the most productive landscapes on earth Fisheries in large rivers and their associated wetlands and floodplains provide a major source of food as well as employment and or income that is crucial to sustaining the livelihoods of multitudes of people particularly the rural poor in large areas of the world For example fisheries are the single most important source of income for floodplain dwellers in the Amazon and match income from rice farming in rural households in Cambodia and Laos However due to their diffuse and inconspicuous nature inland fisheries are often grossly underreported and undervalued The conservation of river ecosystems and the sustainable exploitation of their fisheries require integrating ecological knowledge into river and fisheries management The Great Rivers Partnership is working to strike this balance by facilitating science exchanges on the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers Through these efforts scientists and practitioners are sharing ideas and best practices for effective monitoring of fish populations Intro excerpt reprinted with permission from the proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on the Management of Large Rivers for Fisheries Session 3 Review River

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  • Wildlife & Ecosystems
    us as forests grasslands rivers coastal and deep sea waters islands mountains even cities Each ecosystem represents a solution to a particular challenge to life worked out over millennia each encodes the lessons of survival and efficiency as countless species scramble for sunlight water nutrients and space Stripped of its ecosystems Earth would resemble the stark lifeless images beamed back from Mars by NASA cameras in 1997 That image also underscores the difficulty of recreating the natural life support systems that ecosystems provide should we damage them beyond their capacity to rebound The world s fertile soils for instance are a gift of millions of years of organic and inorganic processes Technology can replicate the nutrients soils provide for crops and native flora but on a global scale the costs would be prohibitive Of course the wealth of wildlife residing in a river basin from fish amphibians reptiles and invertebrates to mammals and birds cannot be replicated The habitat complexity of river floodplain ecosystems is species rich and the interactions of plants and animals are crucial to the system s overall health We know too well that when populations of migratory birds decline for instance it often indicates larger environmental issues impacting us all The Great Rivers Partnership has led a number of ecological assessments to help determine areas most in need of protection Early GRP assessments on the Upper Yangtze River have led to further conservation action and an assessment of Lower Mississippi River is currently underway with the U S Army Corps of Engineers and a host of other partners Intro excerpt reprinted with permission from the World Resources Institute World Resources 2000 2001 People and ecosystems The fraying of the web of life Join Partners in an Effort to Restore the Lower Mississippi Work continues with the

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  • Water Quantity
    dams help provide access to drinking water increase agricultural output through irrigation ease transport and provide flood control and hydropower they also impede river flows So much so that they have tripled the length of time it takes the average drop of water entering a river to reach the sea This exploitation of water by way of dams diversions pumps and other engineering works has profoundly altered the amount and location of water available for both human uses and for sustaining aquatic ecosystems Likewise the changes we have made to forest cover and other habitats such as wetlands have also altered water availability and affected the timing and intensity of floods For example freshwater wetlands which store water and moderate flood flows have been reduced by as much as 50 percent worldwide Working with government agencies multilateral institutions water management agencies the hydropower industry scientific community and other non governmental organizations around the world The Nature Conservancy is developing applying and sharing methods and tools for environmental flow prescriptions These prescriptions help define the necessary patterns and variations in water pulse to support native species and critically important ecological functions The Great Rivers Partnership supports these efforts by working with officials around the world to plan more balanced dam operations and mitigate damage caused by those currently in use an effort at the core of another Conservancy initiative the Sustainable Rivers Project Intro excerpt reprinted with permission from the World Resources Institute World Resources 2000 2001 People and ecosystems The fraying of the web of life The Benefits of Managing Environmental Flows 187KB pdf Download this paper by The Nature Conservancy and U S Geological Survey to learn more about environmental flow management and how it can help dams and other infrastructure maintain or restore a river s natural flow

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  • Agriculture
    increased per capita food consumption by 30 percent However while feeding the world and producing a diverse range of non food crops such as cotton rubber and industrial oils in an increasingly productive way agriculture also confirmed its position as the biggest user of water on the globe Irrigation now claims close to 70 percent of all freshwater appropriated for human use Today s agriculture sector faces a complex series of challenges produce more food of better quality while using less water per unit of output provide rural people with resources and opportunities to live a healthy and productive life apply clean technologies that ensure environmental sustainability and contribute in a productive way to local and national economies A business as usual approach to economic development and natural resource management will no longer be possible according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO Agriculture will be key to the implementation of sustainable water management The FAO sites that in order feed a world population expected to reach 9 billion people in 2050 a 70 percent increase in agricultural production will be necessary In some developing countries 100 percent increase will be required The Great Rivers Partnership recognizes these challenges and participates in initiatives such as the Field to Market Alliance a coalition of corporations and nonprofits working to improve productivity and environmental quality in the agriculture supply chain Intro excerpt republished with permission from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Land and Water Division FAO Water and Food Security fact sheet The FAO is a UN specialized agency whose mandate is to improv e world nutrition boost agricultural productivity better the lives of rural populations and raise agriculture s contribution to economic growth Field to Market Diverse initiative seeks to create sustainable outcomes

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