Shocking facts about the state of rivers
We want to equip people with the knowledge to speak up for and protect our rivers. Many people simply don’t realise the level of threat freshwater habitats are facing. With a greater understanding of their plight, we can start to demand and enact change. Here are some of the most shocking facts about rivers – you have been warned!
Since 1970, freshwater species have seen an 83% decline. That’s faster than any other type of habitat
If we want to save the magnificent species which call rivers home, we need to act now.
Many of our rivers are suffering under the burden of water abstraction. When we take too much water, it can spell disaster for the rest of the ecosystem.
We want our rivers to be clean, healthy places for people to spend time. Who would want to swim in a river polluted with sewage?!
Artificial barriers can cause many issues, ranging from preventing fish migration to altering sediment deposition. This can massively affect the functioning of the river system, with disastrous consequences for biodiversity.
Rivers are hugely valuable habitats, but few are considered ecologically healthy. This means that they are in poor condition, which prevents them from providing many valuable services.
Freshwater ecosystems provide habitat for more than 100,000 known species of fishes, molluscs, reptiles, insects, plants and mammals despite covering less than 1% of the Earth’s surface
Freshwater habitats are vital for a huge number of species, and contain disproportionately more species than any other habitat type.