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The Brisbane Declaration

This declaration presents summary findings and a global action agenda that address the urgent need to protect rivers globally, as proclaimed at the 10th International Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference, held in Brisbane, Australia, on 3-6 September 2007.
The conference was attended by more than 750 scientists, economists, engineers, resource managers and policy makers from 50 nations.

Key findings include:

  • Freshwater ecosystems are the foundation of our social, cultural, and economic well-being.
  • Freshwater ecosystems are seriously impaired and continue to degrade at alarming rates.
  • Water flowing to the sea is not wasted.
  • Flow alteration imperils freshwater and estuarine ecosystems.
  • Environmental flow management provides the water flows needed to sustain freshwater and estuarine ecosystems in coexistence with agriculture, industry, and cities.
  • Climate change intensifies the urgency.
  • Progress has been made, but much more attention is needed. 

The global agenda commits to:

  • Estimate environmental flow needs everywhere immediately.
  • Integrate environmental flow management into every aspect of land and water management.
  • Establish institutional frameworks.
  • Integrate water quality management.
  • Actively engage all stakeholders.
  • Implement and enforce environmental flow standards.
  • Identify and conserve a global network of free-flowing rivers.
  • Build capacity.
  • Learn by doing.

We hope you'll share this document with your colleagues as this document will be the most useful if it is disseminated far and wide, with your help. 

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