Biodiversity in French rivers under threat

Published May 23, 2024

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The WWF's 'living rivers index' report, released in celebration of International Biodiversity Day, reveals a disappointing decline in fish and bird populations in mainland France's rivers over the past 20 years, despite substantial water policy funding of 500 billion euros. The report highlights that fewer than half of the rivers are in good ecological condition, with the situation worsening despite improved water quality in larger rivers due to agricultural intensification and other human activities. The report points to significant biodiversity losses, with the great crested grebe and river trout seeing particularly sharp declines, while invasive species like catfish and coypu are on the rise. In response, the WWF is advocating for wetland preservation and is prepared to invest 5 million euros towards this cause, with hopes of expanding this investment through partnerships with other stakeholders. The organization is also promoting 'payments for ecosystem services' to encourage sustainable farming practices.
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In a report made public on the occasion of the International Biodiversity Day, the WWF wanted to establish a state of health of life in rivers in mainland France by publishing a "living rivers index" based on data from conservation programs. monitoring. It concludes that there has been a decline of 0.4% in fish and bird populations observed over the past 20 years, despite the colossal sums spent - estimated at 500 billion euros on water policy. Furthermore, less than half of the rivers are in good ecological condition: 43.1% in 2019, a figure from the water agencies taken up by the NGO. “There is something wrong,” observes Yann Laurans, director of programs at WWF France, pointing out the gap between the financial effort and the meager results obtained. And the slight decline in populations on average actually masks strong disparities. “Today in the Seine, at the Pont de l'Alma, you find approximately six times more species of fish than in the 1960s. And this is true for most ...
Source: TerreNet
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