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Valuing Rivers: How the diverse benefits of rivers underpin economies

World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) launch new flagship report on urgent need for decision makers from public and private sector to understand and value the diverse benefits for rivers, including freshwater fisheries, stable deltas and flood mitigation.
Traditionally, rivers have been valued primarily as water sources to drive the economic engines of irrigation and hydropower. However, rivers provide a broader set of services that deliver immense benefits to people, economies and nature, which include, but exceed, the value of the water they carry. But far too often, these benefits are not understood, recognized or valued and so are not a priority for river management – until clear problems emerge from their neglect.

 

Access the new WWF publication Valuing Rivers: How the diverse benefits of rivers underpin economies.