Our partnership follows Royal Bank of Canada's Blue Water Project, a 10-year global charitable commitment to help provide access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water, and will expand our FreshWater Watch programme to three European capital cities, Luxembourg, Paris and Dublin. The aim is to connect local communities to support research into conserving and restoring urban lakes, rivers and streams across Europe.
Urban freshwater bodies are an essential feature in cities around the world, supporting an extraordinary diversity of life and delivering vital services. However, with rapid urbanisation and climate change threatening ecosystem health these waterbodies are at risk. Through FreshWater Watch, leading local researchers, together with Earthwatch scientists, will train employees from RBC as well as volunteers from the communities, as ‘citizen scientists’, equipping them with the research skills to help collect scientific data on water quality and the status of these important environments.
The partnership will establish Freshwater Watch in three European capitals: Luxembourg, Paris and Dublin. Efforts have been made in each of the cities to reverse negative trends, however, knowledge gaps remain regarding the effectiveness of these actions and the long-term management of these vital ecosystems. Local research will be led by prominent scientists from the University of Luxembourg, Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, and Dublin City University.
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