Free-flowing rivers are the freshwater equivalent of wilderness areas.

They are amongst the most ecologically important freshwater habitats, and many are critical to both people and nature. But they are disappearing.

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ABOUT US

Learn more about this initiative.

OUR APPROACH

Discover the methodology behind the Free Flowing River indicator.

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GOVERNMENTS

Make basin- or national-level infrastructure development plans that recognize critical rivers to keep or restore as free-flowing.

SCIENCE & ACADEMIA

Monitor river connectivity over time, and continue to research the health and threats to freshwater ecosystems.

FUNDERS & DEVELOPERS

Use this methodology to help identify the right places for dams and other infrastructure, and for targeting support to river restoration efforts.

CONSERVATIONS PARTNERS

Use this proven methodology to prioritize rivers for protection and restoration.

EVERYONE

Advocate for the protection of existing free-flowing rivers and the removal of outdated infrastructure that could reconnect rivers.