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Global dialogue on biodiversity and freshwater

Posted on 27 September 2019

The French Water Partnership and WWF are hosting the dialogue at the Pavilion de L'eau in Paris.
With freshwater species populations falling by 83% on average since 1970, there is an urgent need to raise awareness about the plight of the world's freshwater biodiversity and launch an Emergency Recovery Plan to reverse this trend.

To highlight the challenges facing freshwater species as well as potential solutions, WWF and the French Water Partnership are hosting a Global Dialogue on Biodiversity and Freshwater in Paris on October 2nd.

The event will inlcude a special screening of the freshwater episode from the Emmy award winning Netflix series Our Planet. A groundbreaking collaboration between Netflix, Silverback Films and WWF, Our Planet showcases the world's remaining natural wonders, iconic species and wildlife spectacles.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on threats to rivers, wetlands and biodiversity in France and across the globe and the best ways to tackle them.

Welcome by Jean LAUNAY, President of the French Water Partnership

Global perspective from Dean MURUVEN, Policy Manager Freshwater Practice

Screening of Our Planet – Freshwater

Panel discussion on the freshwater challenge:

Muriel JAUJOU, Director of the Water Cycle Team, Danone
Frédéric CHAUVEL, Territorial Director of Normandy landscapes, Seine Normandy Water Agency
Arnaud GAUFFIER, interim Conservation Director, WWF France
Marie-Anne GERMAINE, Geography Professor at Paris Nanterre University, Mosaïques Laboratory, in charge of the research programme on the Sélune River after the removal of the Vezins and Roche-qui-Boit dams

Moderated  by Marie-Laure VERCAMBRE, General Director of the French Water Partnership
Global dialogue on biodiversity and freshwater
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St Etienne du Vigan, after_dam removal
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