Nearly 90% of the earth’s population lives within walking distance of a river system. Even so, these life-providing rivers are on the verge of collapse. Our focus on river health and conservation efforts help improve community and environmental health by removing pollutants from the very sources that feed into our oceans.
As sources for food, water, power, transportation, sanitation, recreation and more, rivers provide rich and diverse ecosystems that serve as a backbone of human societies across the globe..
As the unsung heroes of biodiversity, rivers house nearly 50% of all fish species and create the required ecosystem that allows plant life, aquatic birds, and small animal populations to flourish.
Rivers also support wetlands and marshes, which provide either homes or breeding grounds for an estimated 40% of the world’s species. Without rivers, all of the species that rely on marshlands for survival would be in jeopardy.
Join us as we explore river ecosystems and the wildlife in rivers.
Dive into the complexities of river ecosystems and their indispensable role in biodiversity. Click to learn more.
Dive in with us to topics from rivers in agriculture and more. Rivers power our world, literally! Click to learn how hydroelectric power plants operate.
The fun side of rivers! Fishing in rivers all the way to river rafting. Craving some adventure? Discover the best spots for river rafting and essential tips. Click to plan your trip.
Unveil the stories and myths surrounding rivers and their cultural impact. Click to explore ancient narratives around rivers in mythology and rivers in literature.
Despite Their Life Giving Importance, Rivers Stand on the Brink of Collapse.
Through developed irrigation systems, rivers irrigate 62 percent of all irrigated land. This land accounts for 40 percent of global food production, meaning rivers directly support approximately a quarter of global food production.
Globally, nearly 12 million tons of freshwater fish are harvested per year in river fisheries. This provides the primary source of protein for at least 160 million people. River fisheries provide livelihoods for 60 million people, with 55 percent of those being women.