BÊTA VERSION Suscriptions are OPEN

UP

A PROJECT of

UN GRAND DETOUR

INTRODUCING WIRES

The World Initiative for Rivers & Ecosystems Services aims to allow people who work on rivers' issues and ecosystems management worldwide to connect together and share good practices, experiences and opinions on rivers ecosystems management.

RIVERS, DELTAS, WETLANDS,

are among the most densely populated areas in the world, where the farmland yields are the better ones, where the biodiversity is the highest. They are sources of energy but also of conflicts.

Since centuries, human beings tried to control the rivers, in order to protect themselves against floods and maximize irrigation, to distribute potable water or pour foul water, to produce energy, to increase the navigation...

 

Rivers provide ECOSYSTEM SERVICES.

 

In this early 21st century, most rivers are in danger due to water overexploitation, monumental dam projects, usage conflicts, extreme pollution.... This crisis could impact 80% of the people all over the world. 2/3 of the big rivers would be threatened and therefore their capability to give potable water to the people living on their banks. Moreover, thousands of animal species would be in danger.

FACING CHALLENGES,

which are common to all rivers worldwide, all stakeholders, whatever the continent, are asking themselves the same questions :

- How can we live with rivers and take benefit from their ecosystem services without harming them?

- How can we raise public awareness about the importance of rivers ecosystems for both nature preservation and economic development?

- What is the future of the long and profound relationship between rivers and human beings?

SOMETIMES, STAKEHOLDERS CAN FEEL ISOLATED,

trying to find solutions, with no means, no now-how or no interlocutors, despite the challenges globalization.

In order to address this paradox, we identified the need to share experiences, know-how, good practices about rivers issues, on an international basis.

That's why we decided to create WIRES.

WIRES IS OPEN TO
people working on rivers challenges whatever their position is: scientists, lecturers, NGO's managers, employees of a basin authority, of a private company, of a public organization, etc.
They all are "expert-citizens". They are managing public utilities, working on the field for local communities empowerment, preserving endangered species, increasing public awareness on ecological issues, defining new strategies to integrate rivers in cities... WIRES if for them. WIRES IS THE RIVERS SOCIAL NETWORK welcome!
WIRES All Rights Reserved
All pictures by Laurent RIGAUX and protected by copyright.
ungranddetour@gmail.com