Discover Our Watersheds
Discover Our Watersheds
No Water No Life combines the powers of photography, scientific research and stakeholder knowledge to expand awareness of the importance of our freshwater supplies, watershed degradation and sustainable natural resource management solutions. As a long-term and globally focused project, No Water No Life’s goals are to:
NWNL chose six watersheds to convey and cover today’s global freshwater concerns. Our methodology involves research, expeditions and in-depth interviews with scientists, stewards and stakeholders.
IN NORTHEAST AFRICA
The Nile, Omo and Mara River Basins
IN NORTH AMERICA
The Columbia, Mississippi and Raritan River Basins
Fresh Water and its Ecosystems
Watershed Degradation & Consequences
Watershed Management Solutions
The six NWNL case study watersheds and four spotlights (Kenya’s Greater Amboseli Ecosystem, California Megadrought, Northern India and Ancient Rome) offer contrasts and comparisons regarding their values and services, as well as the impacts of the extraction of natural resources, pollution, habitat degradation/loss, climate change, infrastructure and development, and other threats.
Using extensive research and hundreds of interviews with scientists, stewards and watershed stakeholders, NWNL shares sustainable solutions in developed and developing regions that promote greater water-use efficiency, environmental restoration, transboundary agreements, community-based conservation and watershed education
Issues NWNL Considered in Choosing Its Case Study Watersheds
NORTHEAST AFRICA RIVER BASINS
Ancient Water Use & Needs
Endorheic (no exit to oceans)
Biodiversity need for water
Population Growth leading to dams & rapid development
NORTH AMERICA RIVER BASINS
Native Americans/First Nations
Agriculture & its pollution
Levees & loss of flood plains
Degradation of its Delta
Upper/Lower Basin disconnect
Legacy of industrial pollution
Urban storm-sewage overflows
NWNL Unit of Study = The Entire Watershed
NWNL expeditions investigate rivers, tributaries, estuaries and springs. We cross floodplains, forests, deserts and wetlands. Our trips have produced over 120,000 photographs and extensive video footage. We have over 900 “Voices of the River” (in-depth interviews of scientists, stewards and stakeholders). Their insights and vision form a unique archive of historic, current and yet-to-come challenges and solutions for protecting our water resources.
NWNL has carried Expedition Flags from The Explorers Club and WINGS WorldQuest. Funding has come from grants, foundations, private contributions and generous in-kind donations. The NWNL fiscal sponsor is iLCP/International League of Conservation Photographers, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.