Rio Grande - Rio Bravo: Solutions

Our work over the last few years

WWF is working to promote more efficient irrigation practices and restoration of environmental flows in both the mainstem of the river and its most important tributary, the Rio Conchos.
Our work in the Rio Conchos begins in the headwaters, in the Sierra Tarahumara, where we have helped establish protected areas, implemented community-based problem solving workshops and processes, and funded local water conservation projects.

Our community-based work joins WWF with indigenous communities as well as small, with self-governing communal land organizations. Moving down stream, WWF is developing a payment scheme for downstream water users who would pay for better upstream watershed management. Along the mainstem, we are working with commercial agriculture interests to develop water conservation techniques for cotton, pecan and chili pepper production.

Complimentary work in the policy arena is focused on creating institutions and sources of funding that can acquire water "saved" in agriculture and apply to environmental purposes such as wetlands or in-stream flow.

In addition, WWF is working to eradicate the waterhogging invasive Salt Cedar and has restored former floodplain habitat that had been infested with this species.

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