International Crane Foundation

 
Securing Water Resources

Securing Water Resources

Our most vulnerable cranes depend on the exchange of freshwater between rivers, floodplains, and estuaries for their survival. But when healthy water systems are compromised, both cranes and people suffer. Our solutions lie in bringing together diverse water users, managers, planners, and policy makers to find common ground for sharing water. Our work looks to:

  • Deepen and expand efforts to contribute sustainable water solutions for some of the most important river basins in the world – the Amur, Yangtze, Lower Mekong, and Upper Ganges of Asia, the Zambezi and Upper Nile of Africa, and the Guadalupe and Platte in North America.
  • Continue as a leader in the emerging field of environmental flows, providing training for water managers, engineers, ecologists, and others concerned with the quantity, timing, and quality of water flows needed to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems and the livelihoods and well-being of people who depend on these ecosystems.

Case study:  The International Crane Foundation is leading efforts to secure water for key wetlands in the Zambezi River watershed, through controlled release of water from dams developed for hydropower production. These efforts not only help cranes but also provide fisheries, floodplain agriculture, and grazing lands for hundreds of thousands of basin villagers.