To reduce the threat of excessive water extraction, countries can irrigate crops more efficiently, use local knowledge, end perverse subsidies, cap water extraction levels, further community education and awareness, and support integrated
river basin management.
WWF has instigated a new initiative on freshwater to foster sustainable utilization and conservation of water for future generations. It is currently building a network of partnerships between government agencies, NGOs and freshwater professionals to support monitoring, policy work and restoration projects at different scales.
WWF aims to achieve biodiversity conservation within the broader context of sustainable development and poverty reduction.