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Coalition Calls for Explicit Focus on Fresh Water

Aerial view looking west towards Iowa of the upper Mississippi River at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin River just south of Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin
Mississippi River Confluence Aerial view looking west towards Iowa of the upper Mississippi River at the confluence of the Mississippi and Wisconsin River just south of Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin. © Mark Godfrey/TNC

On this International Day of Action for Rivers, the undersigned Durable River Protection Coalition calls on policy-makers negotiating the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework this week to include and make explicit fresh water with a specific focus on Target 3, the area-based target for conservation of at least 30 percent of “land areas and sea areas” through protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures. 

The current proposed approach to global target setting, conservation planning and tracking area-based conservation focused on “land and sea areas” is insufficient for securing and improving freshwater biodiversity and ecosystem function for people and nature. To meet the 2030 and 2050 goals, we strongly recommend revisions to the targets and indicators to explicitly include freshwater ecosystems, biodiversity and their unique needs.

  • Earth Thrive
  • International Rivers
  • El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
  • Rivers and Forests Alliance
  • River Management Society
  • Northern Arizona University School of Earth and Sustainability
  • The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.