World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk

Posted on 20 March 2007

Rivers on every continent are drying out, threatening severe water shortages, according to a new WWF report.
The report, World's Top Rivers at Risk, lists the top ten rivers that are fast dying as a result of climate change, pollution and dams.

Five of the ten rivers listed in the report are in Asia alone. They are the Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Ganges and Indus. Europe’s Danube, the Americas’ La Plata and Rio Grande/Rio Bravo, Africa’s Nile-Lake Victoria and Australia’s Murray-Darling also make the list.

The report calls on governments to better protect river flows and water allocations in order to safeguard habitats and people’s livelihoods.

For further information:
Sergey Moroz
European Water Policy Officer
WWF European Policy Officer
Tel: +32 2 740 09 23
Aerial view of the Mekong Delta, southern Vietnam.
© WWF / Elizabeth Kemf