Commitment to Action

The Freshwater Health Index

Commitment by

Conservation International

In 2015, Conservation International (CI) and partners committed to developing the Freshwater Health Initiative, an open data resource, which will enable stakeholders to understand the relationships between healthy ecosystems and the benefits they provide. Over the course of two years, CI will conduct a series of case studies in river basins, including the Pearl River (southern China) and Lower Mekong (Cambodia, Laos, and Viet Nam), and host regional workshops with local partners, including universities, provincial and national authorities, and nongovernmental organizations. Results from the case studies will be disseminated and a website will host a toolbox for key stakeholders to conduct their own assessments. As a result, stakeholders will have access to information necessary to evaluate scenarios in other geographies, such as climate variability, population growth, and water allocation, to illustrate trade-offs and to assess the policies required to ensure that freshwater systems remain productive and their benefits accessible into the future.

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Commitment

The Freshwater Health Index

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$3,000,000

Region

Asia

Countries

CAMBODIA, CHINA, HONG KONG, Laos, Vietnam

Commitment by

Conservation International

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

IUCN-US, NASA, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)