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:
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.