Dams, pollution and poor management are responsible for drying 10 of the world's major rivers, according to a new report, 'World's Top 10 Rivers at Risk', published by the World Wildlife Fund
The report concludes that poor planning and inadequate protection of natural areas jeopardises water stocks.'The world is facing a massive freshwater crisis, which has the potential to be every bit as devastating as climate change.' said WWF UK's head of Freshwater programme, Dr David Tickner.Of particular concern were dams along the Danube, drying out 80% of its wetlands; and over-extraction of water from India's Indus River, harming fish stocks.The rivers at risk are:The Danube in Europe, La Plata and Rio Grande/Rio Bravo in South America, The Nile-Lake Victoria system in Africa, Australia's Murray-Darling, and five rivers in Asia: the Yangtze, Mekong, Salween, Ganges and Indus.'The freshwater crisis is bigger than the ten rivers listed in this report but it mirrors the extent to which unabated development is jeopardising nature's ability to meet our growing demands,' says Tickner. 'We must change our mindset now or pay the price in the not so distant future.'