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WWF has been actively working on Freshwater challenges for decades and currently has more than 400 freshwater staff working in over 50 countries. WWF also has an active water stewardship community of over 150 staff - making WWF one of the world's largest organisations focused on supporting water stewardship. 

WWF’s Freshwater program is invested in catchments and basins around the world with a key focus on seven Freshwater Initiatives. While not exhaustive, the list of basins below are places where WWF is more deeply engaged on ground, and complement our global efforts to collaborate and improve basin status more generally.

Specifically, these stewardship basins and catchments include:

  • Buyuk-Menderes
  • UK
  • Chao Phraya
  • Danube (including the Iskar)
  • Dniester
  • Eastern Himalayan catchments (including the Narayani)
  • Elbe 
  • Ganga (including the Brahmaputra and Yamuna)
  • Guadalquivir (Donana)
  • Indus (including the Ravi, Sutlej and the delta)
  • Irrawaddy
  • Mekong (& Dong Nai)
  • Noyyal-Bhavani
  • Orinoco
  • Rio Grande/Rio Bravo (including the Conchos)
  • Santiago-Lerma
  • Vaal
  • Western Cape catchments
  • Yangtze
  • Zambezi

Collective action locations

A subset of the places that we work also have collective action programs in place where we are actively working to convene actors. While several of these have emerged from sectoral engagements (especially through the apparel sector), they are increasingly taking on a multi-sectoral angle. These include:

  • India: Noyyal-Bhavani
  • Pakistan: Indus (various catchments)
  • Turkey: Buyuk-Menderes
  • China: Taihu 
  • Vietnam/Cambodia: Mekong delta
  • Zambia: Kafue
  • Colombia: Rió Fio & Rió Sevilla