GRP Fellow and USGS scientist Brian Ickes is helping save Asian carp in the Yangtze River.
A Global Journey
See the accomplishments of the Great Rivers Partnership
GRP at the Waterways Council Seminar
Feb. 2012: Michael Reuter, director of TNC's Great Rivers Partnership, delivers a presentation.
The Great Rivers Partnership (GRP) is a global effort to advance sustainable management of the world's great rivers for people and nature. The GRP focuses on entire river systems and brings together the best available science and diverse stakeholders—spanning sectors from industry and navigation to academia and government—to develop and implement innovative solutions to issues threatening freshwater sustainability.
Great rivers are generally defined as floodplain rivers with seasonal floods that are sufficiently long-lasting, predictable and extensive. Plants, animals and people adapted to depend on the flood cycle of floodplain rivers for survival. These rivers are vital to the cultural heritage and economic prosperity of their regions. Unfortunately, great rivers of the world face challenges from unsustainable development practices.
The Conservancy ranks conservation of great rivers among its global priorities. A founding grant from Caterpillar Foundation and other key partners launched the GRP in 2005, and has helped support the Conservancy’s freshwater conservation of large river basins including:
It has also advised the Conservancy’s work on the Zambezi River in Africa and the Magdalena River in Colombia. A distinctive component of the GRP has been facilitation of international learning exchanges to encourage the sharing of solutions across these river systems.
Learn more about the GRP’s early accomplishments in its five-year report and take a global journey to see how efforts first took shape. Plans to identify new focal rivers and expand the GRP’s international reach are currently underway.