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Conserving Aquatic Biodiversity

As the demand for marine and freshwater resources increases, so do the strains upon the ecosystems that sustain them.

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The loss of aquatic biodiversity undermines ecosystems and threatens global food security. Causes include: over-fishing (often government subsidized); release of captive-raised juveniles into the wild; some kinds of aquaculture; proliferation of alien species; and climate change and pollution.

Sustainable fisheries rest upon aquatic biodiversity, but conservation of that biodiversity has always been a "hard sell," lagging behind the strides made for terrestrial plants and animals. Because the issue is still largely viewed as a technical one, and has made little impression on policy makers or the public, our number one challenge is to raise the profile of aquatic biodiversity across the board.

How we help

We help by raising awareness through various initiatives and projects aimed at students, teachers, media and the general public, as well as through more technical tools, including consultations, workshops, books and research focusing on international policy and communication.

WFT has been involved in a number of projects focusing specifically on aquatic biodiversity, including the IDRC-funded project Aquatic Resources and Development  (2004-2007), international workshops, and a book – ‘Blue Gold: Sharing and Conserving the World's Aquatic Biodiversity’.