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3 of World Top 10 Drying Out Rivers Are in China

Posted by Author on March 20, 2007

In a newly released report, The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF), the global conservation organization, listed 3 major China rivers are drying out and are threatening severe water shortages. The 3 rivers are the Yangtze (known as Chang Jiang in China), Mekong (known as Lan Cang Jiang in China), Salween (known as Nu Niang in China). Here’s the news release:

Gland, Switzerland, 20 Mar 2007– Rivers on every continent are drying out, threatening severe water shortages, according to a new WWF report.

The report, World’s Top Rivers at Risk (in PDF), released ahead of World Water Day (22 March), lists the top ten rivers that are fast dying as a result of climate change, pollution and dams.

“All the rivers in the report symbolize the current freshwater crisis, which we have been signalling for years,” says WWF Global Freshwater Programme Director Jamie Pittock.

“Poor planning and inadequate protection of natural areas mean we can no longer assume that water will flow forever. Like the climate change crisis, which now has the attention of business and government, we want leaders to take notice of the emergency facing freshwater now not later.”

Five of the ten rivers listed in the report are in Asia alone. They are the Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Ganges and Indus. Europe’s Danube, the Americas’ La Plata and Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, Africa’s Nile-Lake Victoria and Australia’s Murray-Darling also make the list.

Dams along the Danube River — one of the longest flowing rivers in Europe — have already destroyed 80 per cent of the river basin’s wetlands and floodplains. Even without warmer temperatures threatening to melt Himalayan glaciers, the Indus River faces scarcity due to over-extraction for agriculture. Fish populations, the main source of protein and overall life support systems for hundreds of thousands of communities worldwide, are also being threatened.

The report calls on governments to better protect river flows and water allocations in order to safeguard habitats and people’s livelihoods.

“Conservation of rivers and wetlands must be seen as part and parcel of national security, health and economic success,” Pittock adds. “Emphasis must be given to exploring ways of using water for crops and products that do not use more water than necessary.”

In addition, cooperative agreements for managing shared resources, such as the UN Watercourses Convention, must be ratified and given the resources to make them work, says WWF.

“The freshwater crisis is bigger than the ten rivers listed in this report but it mirrors the extent to which unabated development is jeopardizing nature’s ability to meet our growing demands,” says Pittock. “We must change our mindset now or pay the price in the not so distant future.”

One Response to “3 of World Top 10 Drying Out Rivers Are in China”

  1. mydigest said

    The implication of this report is that it is a bad thing when people use fresh water which would otherwise flow into the salty sea. No, it is a GOOD thing when people use fresh water which would otherwise flow into the salty sea.

    The implication of this report is that it is a bad thing when people use water which would otherwise wet land and be wasted for wild flora and fauna. No, it is a GOOD thing when people use water which would otherwise wet land and be wasted for various wild flora and fauna.

    Cy Quick at mydigest.wordpress.com

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