Saving Great Rivers The Nature Conservancy

For The Nature Conservancy’s latest work and thinking about conservation and sustainable development of large rivers worldwide, please visit the “Rivers and Energy” sections of and

Right now, nations around the world are transforming rivers to meet people’s growing needs for clean water and energy. One of the main drivers of that development is hydropower. While providing important benefits, hydropower dams also change the way rivers flow, often resulting in negative impacts to people and nature. However, there is tremendous opportunity right now in critical developing areas of the world – such as Asia, Africa and Latin America – to find solutions across whole river basins that balance the dual needs for healthy rivers and low-carbon energy.