Landscape Analysis of Durable Freshwater Protection Capacity-Building Efforts

About this Project

Published in 2022

River managers and advocates responsible for freshwater protection and restoration worldwide now have access to a first-of-its-kind landscape analysis cataloguing global freshwater protection capacity-building resources. With this new database and report, an organization looking to protect a river’s environmental or humanitarian values can learn about a variety of approaches that might be successful on their own river, lake, wetland, floodplain or groundwater stores.

The River Management Society (RMS) developed these resources in 2022 for the Durable Rivers Protection Coalition (DRPC) with funding from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and tremendous support and input from DRPC members. Resources catalogued in this new database represent the first compendium of DRPC resources and offer bases for future Durable Rivers Protection Academy curriculum, guides, workshops and trainings. 

DRPC members and TNC partners submitted 137 examples of freshwater protection resources and programs in 41 countries and regions. These include documents, publications, databases, and asynchronous and in-person learning opportunities. Examples of protection mechanisms in the database address approaches for environmental flows, aquatic connectivity, water quality, biodiversity, habitat, policy and legal strategies, support for Indigenous People and local communities, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy campaigns, human rights-based initiatives, and financial strategies.

As part of this project, RMS and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) produced six case studies which highlight stories of successful freshwater protection projects that may serve as guides in long-term strategic planning efforts for similar projects. See the full report below to access the case studies.


Full Report and Case Studies


Full Report & Case Studies


This report was prepared for The Nature Conservancy and Durable Rivers Protection Coalition by RMS’ Risa Shimoda, Angie Fuhrmann, Bekah Price, and by Natalie Shahbol and Korice Moir of the World Wildlife Fund, with support from colleagues at The Nature Conservancy: Stan Kang, Allison Aldous and project leader Amy Newsock.  

Durable Rivers Protection Coalition contributors included Irma Popovic, Monti Aguirre, Shannon Farley, Tamara Preininger Horvat, Matija Penezic, Sergio Salinas-Rodríguez, Philip Tabas, Jonathan Higgins, Carl McGuinness, and Ian Harrison, as well as colleagues Colleen McNally-Murphy, Kevin Colburn, and Peter Skinner.

About the Durable Rivers Protection Coalition

  • Mission: The Durable River Protection Coalition aims to advance permanent protections on rivers around the world by providing a platform for sharing and disseminating examples, approaches, tools, and opportunities for support from interdisciplinary experts in science, law, policy, and on-the ground implementation.
  • Coalition Leaders: Amy Newsock ([email protected]) and Denielle Perry ([email protected])