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.
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.