Australia River Symposium: Launch of the Global Environmental Flows Network

06 September 2007 | News story

The Global Environmental Flows Network was officially launched during the 10th International River Symposium Conference in Brisbane, Australia. ‘Environmental Flows’ refers to water provided within a river, wetland or coastal zone to maintain ecosystems, and their benefits where there is competing use and demand  

The increasing frequency of droughts and floods, coupled with the high demand for water, is having immense impacts on nature and people around the world. Activities to respond to this problem are mostly uncoordinated and dispersed, despite the knowledge and expertise being available.

To coordinate action for living rivers, a growing worldwide partnership consisting of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), Delft Hydraulics, DHI Water and Environment, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), Swedish Water House, and the Global Water for Sustainability Program (GLOWS) have created The Global Environmental Flows Network.

Its new website (www.eflownet.org) was officially launched during the 10th International Riversymposium and E Flows Conference. The aim of this meeting is to explore environmental flows from a science, policy, management and community perspective.

Participants at the conference had the opportunity to try out the new Network website at the IUCN/eFlowNet booth. An interactive session, chaired by Ger Bergkamp, Head of the IUCN Global Water Programme, also gave people an opportunity to share their visions and ideas of the future of the network and how they would be able to contribute. “In order for the Network to be useful and meaningful, it is up to the members to take an active part in contributing their evolving knowledge and experiences” said Dr. Bergkamp.

The Network allows people to access and share the latest information from basic explanatory to detailed scientific knowledge on methods, case studies, links, contacts and literature on environmental flows. It connects water managers, NGOs, local communities, scientists and researchers, as well as governmental and intergovernmental agencies that are interested in sharing knowledge or experiences on environmental flows.

The newly created Network website will help open knowledge of environmental flows to new audiences by offering readily-available access to current practices and methodologies. Furthermore, the website acts as an information portal to gather and disseminate information and experiences on environmental flows, such as case studies, tools, methods for assessment and implementation, and an expert database.

For more information:

Riversymposium and Environmental Flows Conference website:
www.riversymposium.com

Global Environmental Flows Network website:
www.eflownet.org

Katharine Cross, IUCN Water Programme Project Officer; in Australia: Mobile +41 797 37 87 14; Email: katharine.cross@iucn.org

Claire Warmenbol, IUCN Water Programme Communications, in Switzerland : Tel +41 22 999 01 88; Email: claire.warmenbol@iucn.org
 


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