Most rivers around the world are fragmented, degraded and in poor condition. Global change continues to put pressure on these critical resources and water security. A UN report says 80% of rivers in Asia Pacific are polluted and linked to 1.8 million death’s a year.
Improper management of our world’s rivers and waterways poses devastating effects on ecosystems, economies and communities. With our partners, the International RiverFoundation champions the health and resilience of rivers and waterways around the world, using our 1000+ Resilient Rivers Blueprint.
The Resilient Rivers Blueprint is a framework to asses, plan and build river resilience, while providing a platform to connect people on their river journeys to share knowledge and experiences.
River Resilience is the capacity of a river system and its associated communities to quickly recover from disturbances, adapt to changes without collapsing, and to transform through innovation and implementation of resilience strategies.
Becoming part of the 1000+ Resilient Rivers Collective recognises that you are on your way towards river resilience. The International RiverFoundation and its partners will work with you to go through the Recognition Process which entails a number of steps.
Becoming part of the 1000+ Resilient Rivers Collective recognises that you are on your way towards river resilience. The International RiverFoundation and its partners will work with you to go through the Recognition Process which entails a number of steps including Self-Assessment, holding a RiverForum/Resilience Workshop, and Recognition and Certification.
The River Resilience Strategy has four dimensions: whole-of-system understanding, effective institutional arrangements, adaptive management approach to solutions and Innovative finance for resilience. With our partners, IRF will work with you to map these dimensions and identify specific criteria for your river basin. More importantly we will work with you to ensure that the River Resilience Strategy is embedded within your existing river basin plans.
Together with our partners, IRF will provide guidance and mentorship as you progress the river across the four dimensions of the River Resilience Strategy. An annual online verifiable badge using a point-system will be used to track your River Resilience Journey.
We encourage river basins to share their River Resilience Strategies, experience and case studies via the Resilient Rivers Hub. This ensures that rivers can “leap frog” their journeys to resilience by learning from each other. Access to the Resilient Rivers Hub is included in the annual membership of river basins.
Contact us to find out more about 1000+ Resilient Rivers, or how your river basin could be recognised as a member of the 1000+ Resilient River Collective.