2005 New Currents in Conserving Freshwater Systems
In the increasingly vital quest to build a sustainable economy, the conservation of freshwater systems and the biodiversity that depends on their ecological integrity is a paramount, but elusive, goal. Dedicated scientists and managers have worked for decades to improve the health of rivers, lakes, and wetlands, yet in most places the battle is being lost.
New Currents in Conserving Freshwater Systems provided a forum for scientists and conservation practitioners to highlight recent successful initiatives in freshwater conservation, to discuss cutting-edge ideas and tools, and to investigate how and where these innovations might be implemented on the ground. The symposium showcased projects that are rooted in the best available science, integrate scientific fields, and link science with other disciplines and highlighted initiatives from around the world that inform our ability to understand and protect the biota, processes, and habitats of aquatic ecosystems as well as to identify and mitigate threats.
The symposium was sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and the World Wildlife Fund, in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Geological Survey. Support from the symposium was provided by Daniel and Sheryl Tishman, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series. Additional support was provided by The Conservation Trust of the National Geographic Society, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, The Nature Conservancy, and the American Fisheries Society.