Conserving River Basins
We rely on rivers for our food resources, and the livelihoods of riverine communities in particular are significantly dependent on rivers. We utilise rivers as means of transport and navigation routes, to generate hydroelectric power, to irrigate agricultural land, as centres for establishing new settlements and for recreation.
Rivers provide important habitats and serve as feeding and breeding grounds for a wide range of riverine biodiversity that lives in the river as well as in the river-fringing vegetation. Rivers also form a key component of our environment and landscape. They provide the means for delivering water to every corner of the earth and are vital for the healthy functioning of nature itself.
As our country thrives, great pressure is imposed onto natural ecosystems including rivers. Many of our river systems have been subjected to changes by human interference resulting in negative implications. This includes deterioration of freshwater habitats and their ecological processes. WWF-Malaysia realises that to address this situation would require changing the currently fragmented way of managing water resources and the associated freshwater ecosystems at river basin level to one that adopts a holistic view that goes beyond the sectoral approach.
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What Is a River Basin?
Source: WWF Living Waters Programme, 2002